Pros And Cons Of Being An Out-Of-State Student During The Holidays

10 Pros And Cons Of Being An Out-Of-State Student During The Holidays

All the pros and cons that we all go through this time of year.

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For many of us out of state kids, there is always the little monster in the back of our heads that says "if I weren't out of state I'd be able to do _____," especially at the holidays. Here is a list of all the pros and cons that we all go through this time of year.

Pro 1: You get to see a whole new city decorated for Christmas.

If you've grown up in the same area all of your life the Christmas decorations aren't really super fascinating when you've seen them year after year. Living in a new city lets you see a whole new city at Christmas.

Con 1: You don't get to decorate the tree with your family.

Unless your family is the kind that decorates on Thanksgiving or before, you usually will miss decorating your Christmas tree and the house with your family. It's always a little sad to go home at Christmas and the decorations are already up.

Pro 2: You get to shop for your family without them finding it.

When you live away from your family for most of the holidays you can shop for your family and friends' gifts without risking them finding it. No more having to shop and hide them in the closet and your mom or sibling seeing the shopping bags and ruining the surprises.

Con 2: You have to pack up your whole life and trek it across the country.

Traveling back and forth between home and school can be frustrating, to say the least. Especially when you live more than 5 hours from school, planning to leave requires days of packing and a day of traveling just to make it back home. Leaving something behind is not an option, so cars and suitcases are filled to the brim.

Pro 3: You and your school friends get to start your own traditions.

The holidays are the perfect time to start friend traditions where you can all gather together and celebrate. When you've only got your friends when you're out at school they become like family, so these new traditions make you feel more at home.

Con 3: You miss out on hometown events.

If you're from like a small town like me, being at school at the beginning of the holidays mean you have to miss out on a lot of hometown events, like the Christmas Parades, Tree Lighting Ceremony and small business shopping nights. Those are the busiest days of the year for my town and missing it always is hard.

Pro 4: You get to get far far away and relax after finals.

Nothing is better than lying in your own bed after a long two weeks of stress and finals. Going home and being able to unwind and relax is the best way to end a semester of being away.

Con 4: You miss out on doing fun holiday things with your friends from school.

When you go home for almost exactly a month you miss out doing fun Christmas and New Year's activities with your friends you made at school. Going home is always great but you're not able to drive an hour or so to see friends who live in-state.

Pro 5: You get home cooked meals for every meal.

No more having TV dinners and frozen breakfasts, or having to go to the dining halls for all of your meals. Going back home for break means you actually get to sit down and enjoy a home-cooked meal every night instead of sitting at your desk and eating in between homework assignments.

Con 5: You're always the first one back in the spring.

Just as it is every year, the time to go back to school comes way too soon and out of state kids are always the first ones back. We have to plan out what day we decide to trek back to school, and it is usually well before the rest of the school comes back.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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31 Thoughts That Haunt Halloween-Lovers All Year Round When It's NOT October

Because Halloween is clearly the superior holiday.

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April is here and that means we are officially six months away from the best month of the whole year: October. It's not just the best because I was born in that month, but because it holds the best holiday of all time: Halloween. For those of us who love Halloween, the months leading up to October drag on. Here are 31 things Halloween lovers are thinking right about now.

1. Six more months until October

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2. Is it too early to start decorating?

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The answer is no. Especially if you never took the decorations down in the first place.

3. Yes, I'm adding my Halloween playlist into my music rotation

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Spooky music = spooky vibes

4. Why does everyone hate Halloween?

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Clearly its the best holiday every

5. Who wants to have a Halloween movie marathon?

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6. 3 a.m. is the witching hour

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7. There should be two Halloweens

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One isn't enough

8. Is it socially acceptable to wear my pumpkin sweater?

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Yes the answer is yes.

9. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

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10. Candy corn is gross but also an actual mood 

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11. So I'm thinking a Halloween-themed BBQ

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12. What if I named my future child Wednesday?

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That makes me Morticia, right?

13. Did you see that orb? I bet this place in haunted

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14. Was the Monstermash an actual graveyard smash?

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Yeah it was.

15. Why are pumpkins not in season yet?

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16. Who would win: Dracula or Frankenstein's monster?

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The real question.

17. I need my halloween socks

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18. He's JACK the pumpkin king

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KING OF THE PUMPKIN PATCH

19. Trying to stay calm when when October is 6-months away

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20. Ghosts are SO real 

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I say while watching paranormal shows for the 100th time

21. Everyday is Halloween

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22. On Wednesday, we wear black

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23. Lets get spooky

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24. Mess with me and I'll put a spell on you

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25. Where's my broomstick?

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26. That's a bunch of Hocus Pocus

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When people say Christmas is better than Halloween.

27. Raise your hand if you ever felt victimized by people who start Christmas before Halloween

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We all know that one person.

28. The Halloween movie series is classic

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29. I wish I lived in Halloweentown

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Halloween 365 days a year.

30.  How many days until Halloween again???

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31. Halloween is cool

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