Dear Teachers, Consider Your Students!!!

Dear Teachers, Consider Your Students!!!

If I knew what I was doing, I'd be getting a B.

I recently got a grade back from a test in my science course. I received a D on the test. I expected that much. I was never good at taking tests, to the point that some of my teachers were shocked when I passed. I never took offence to it, because even with D’s in the class, I did well on reviews, homeworks, quizzes, and many others so it kept my grades up to a B, or if need be, a C. The only class I ever truly struggled with those was math, but with that as the only exception, I was a pretty good student. My GPA was not phenomenal, but it was average- a 3.25 in high school. I was not a straight A student, but I wasn’t a total disappointment.

I was fine skidding by because I knew if I had to get a C it was with my best work, and if I truly knew my work, it was A or B worthy without studying. (that being said, I did start to study in college.)

By skidding by, I meant that I was not happy with a D in math, or a C either, but I was content in knowing I passed. I was content with this because I knew if I could do better, I would be doing better. I came to accept that some things I would not understand in a few days- like math or scientific theories. I was okay with that, though, because, again, I had other work to boost me up. What harm did a few missing points on tests do? I was passing, and I didn’t need them for my major anyway. The important thing was, I knew enough.

That all changed when I got my final grade.

I had a B in the class. My score was a solid 88, and I was content because with a few more assignments I could easily be brought up, and when I heard I had a test, I was not worried because I was studying and I knew if I did poorly, it would only cost me three, maybe four, five points - six max.

But now I have a C. A 76 in the class due to a test.

No, it isn’t impossible to get back to my solid 88, but in order to, I need a 96 on all future assignments. Talk about that added stress, huh?

Allow me to put my testing into perspective a little further. In Government in high school, I was in the top 5 on the leaderboard of kahoot for review without studying. I was doing well and understood the subject. Come test day, I got either a C or a D on the test (I’m leaning towards D but I will give myself the benefit of the doubt.)

Testing is not my forte, and I don’t think many teenagers necessarily go into tests stress free. According to the American Test Anxieties Association, between 16-20% of students have testing anxiety, Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety.” in the United States, and I am one of them. I had assumed I had cured my anxiety only until I noticed that tests were 50% of my final grade.

I’m sorry, but that isn’t fair.

Teachers and professors, take this into consideration. You have many students who do fine in your class, who do all their work, turn them in on time. I’m not asking for brownie points, but simply understand that sometimes making a grade rely on the outcome of their test is not fair.

“But life isn’t fair!” Life doesn’t have grades. Life isn’t keeping you from passing a college course. Life isn’t costing you money per failure. Life does not make you push out thousands of dollars if your grade falls below a 69.5.

What I am trying to say in all of this mess is that some students can do all they can to make good grades, do phenomenal on reviews, homeworks, quizzes- and still fail courses. This is a huge issue, and a huge concern from me, a college student. I remember tests being 30% of my grade last semester, and I passed majority of my courses (except for math) with a 20 point buffer. As a student who does well in school, puts her best foot forward, never misses an assignment, and works hard to double check her answers, this is disappointing and nerve wrecking. Some students have grants, scholarships riding on these grades.

Do I expect tests to be outlawed? No.

Do I ask for tests to be lowered to 10 or 15%? Well what student want that? But no.

What I am asking for is teachers and professors be mindful of their grading criteria. A test weighing 30% of their grade is not as scary, because it only lowers you a few points. What is scary is a test that is 50% of your final grade, bumping you down a whole letter and making it nearly impossible to get back where you were.

Teachers, please remember this.

Not all students are built the same, but all students rely on those grades for one reason or another. Consider the weight you put on your kids.

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.

College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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