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15 Chill Songs To Cure Your Back-To-School Anxiety

Soothing bops for your fifteenth trip to Walmart for school supplies.

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It's that time of year again. Not Christmas. Not your birthday. It's those dreaded back-to-school blues come to haunt your soul for another semester. Whether you're a high school student anxiously awaiting your turn to LEAVE, or a seasoned college scholar wondering why you paid so much money to just read books, it's a hectic time for all. But, have no fear, for I have curated the perfect playlist to soothe your qualms about beginning yet another new season of life.

1. "This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes

"See, I've been having me a real hard time
But it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright"

2. "Chapter" by On Planets, Luca Fogale

"And all the time I've spent
Waiting for a taste of something different
I only see what's missing here"

3. "Glass" (feat. Sam Abel & Ray Damron) by Pheeno

"conversing at the cauldrons

speaking softly and by often seeking

altitudes forgotten

in between

sudden dreams"

4. "Ultralife"-Abbey Road Piano Sessions by Oh Wonder

"I got so much soul inside my bones
Take a look at me now
I'm young, forever in the sun
Ever since you came, I'm living ultralife"


5. "Berlin" by RY X

"Bedroom floor
And silence in my blood
Sorry love I'm running home
I'm a child of sun and the stars I love"


6. "Somehow" by Tom Odell

"But when I see you smiling back at me

Somehow, somehow
I know exactly what you mean"

7. "VCR" by The xx

"Watch things on VCRs, with me and talk about big love
I think we're superstars, you say you think we are the best thing"

8. "Montezuma" by Fleet Foxes

"Oh how could I dream of such a selfless and true love
Could I wash my hands of
Just looking out for me"

(Pro tip: This one sounds GREAT on vinyl.)

9. "Blood Bank" by Bon Iver

"I'm in love with your honor
I'm in love with your cheeks"

10. "Sound & Color" by Alabama Shakes

"Sound and color with me for my mind
And it should show you where to go when I need to speak"

11. "River" by Leon Bridges

"Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there's blood on my hands
And my lips aren't clean


12. "Child's Play" (feat. Chance the Rapper) by SZA

"But memories keep coming back
All the nights that we used to laugh
Wanna know how I used to was, how I used to was"

13. "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson

"I'd buy you Rogaine
When you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches to all you tear"

14. "Home By Now" by Bombay Bicycle Club

"I'll remember long drives, sitting in the back
Looking out and endless snow"

15. "The Rain" by Oh Wonder

"Ever since the rain I've been living days too slow
Lie around and wait for a heart I used to know
They say that over time there'll be nothing left to lose
But I still can't find the light, I've given all my love to you"


16. "Hypnotized" by Astronomyy

"You taught me how to be
A better man, a better being
And I've been thinkin'
Even though I know that I don't deserve this
I know that I'm worth it, I want prove to you"



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You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

The nursing student with just one year left.

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Warm Weather Is Finally Here And That Means Seasonal Depression Can Go Fly A Kite

Like seriously, get out of here.

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Any form of depression flippin' sucks. Like something major. Mental health is wicked important and sometimes crazy hard to maintain. The cold weather of winter does absolutely nothing to help either and ends up making it a lot harder to stay motivated, want to get out of bed and to ever go outside to be productive and active. Vitamin D is so detrimental to the health of our bodies. The sunshine lets us soak that up, but it's almost impossible to do when it's sub-zero for four months straight (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not really).

Seasonal depression brings out the worst moods during the long winter months and drags us down. What we can do is to busy ourselves and push ourselves to be the happiest we can be with enjoyable activities. Make sure you do fun things that will help you avoid being stir crazy. It's a vital time of self-care and making sure you are physically and emotionally healthy.

Once the icy force field of the winter breaks, spring flourishes and so do we. The heavyweight that was hanging on our shoulders is lifted off. We instantly feel lighter. It's an amazing feeling and so relieving. Getting through the winter in one piece feels so successful.

So, have fun now. Enjoy the fresh air and let the sunshine kiss your skin. Embrace your happy and positive thoughts. Cherish not having to wear a jacket and the fact that you need air conditioning in your car instead of heat. Roll the windows down and blast the music. Make your days include some form of outside activities and exercise. Celebrate every single aspect of the spring and summer because when winter rolls around again, you will want memories to keep you going so that when you have to do it all over again, it will go smoothly.

So, goodbye seasonal depression, we won't miss you.

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