7 Helpful Tips To Remember When Entering Any New School Year

7 Helpful Tips To Remember When Entering Any New School Year

The unknown is the driving force in today's society, whether you are the type of person to rush into it blindly or shy away quickly.

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As August slowly begins to creep upon us, many start to have a variety of mixed emotions about that dreadful first day of school. Some are excited to see old friends and make new ones, some are nervous about leaving home after three months of relaxation and solitude, and others are just numb to the whole idea in general. Whether you are getting ready for senior year of high school, the first year of college, or the last year, here are just a few thoughts to keep in mind throughout the entirety of this new and upcoming school year ahead of you.

1. Time management is key for survival

Even if all you have to is a thirty page reading assignment not due for another week, if you have the time, get it out of the way. No one wants to be rushing through five different chapters all at the same time only to be rewarded with five different pop quizzes. Make the time early and save the stress of it later.

2. Keep your health in check


There is no reason why you should only be getting two hours of sleep each night or eating one gigantic dinner after not eating all day. Your health is important when it comes to school and the better you feel, the better you will perform.

3. Make time for the things you love


If you manage your time correctly and effectively, there should be a time frame for some "you" time. Whether this means meeting up with friends, watching Netflix, or just relaxing in the comfort of your own room. This time is important in making sure you keep your cool when things get a little rough around the edges.

4. Do not stress about the little things


High school and college are both weird times in everyone's lives. So many things are constantly changing and that can get really overwhelming after awhile. The best thing to do is just focus on you and the path you are on. These things that stress you out now, you won't remember ten years down the line.

5. Get out of your comfort zone, at least once

It's scary, I know! But trust me, trying something you might never have thought of before, might lead to some new friends or a favorite hobby. Give it a chance, and hey, if you don't like it, you never have to do it again.

6. Stop putting others before yourself


Yes, it's a great feeling to help out a friend in need or do good deeds throughout your day. You should continue to do those things unless it starts affecting your mental and physical health. You are not selfish for wanting to take care of yourself, and real friends will understand that.

7. Have fun!

Just like I said before, a new school year is a crazy time that holds a thousand different outcomes and possibilities. As long as you open yourself up to them and let yourself have a great experience, nothing could go wrong.

The new school year has been a scary thought to have since your first day of Kindergarten. The unknown is the driving force in today's society, whether you are the type of person to rush into it blindly or shy away quickly. Just know that as long as you keep yourself strong and healthy, grounded and secure, this next school year you will be at the reins stronger and better than ever.

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Why Nursing School Friends Are So Vital

Pun intended.

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When I started nursing school, I knew it would be difficult. I wasn't naive. I heard the stories. I knew what I was getting into…to a certain degree.

It was everything I thought it would be and more. The highs were higher and the lows were lower. The thing you realize quickly in nursing is that it's not something you can achieve on your own. You have to have a support system. It's how you survive. It can feel like you're on your own because you have to perform the skills and make the grades, but really, there are so many friends standing behind you pushing you through.

I've seen it over and over again. I've been a part of it, witnessed it and had help myself. The truth is, even the most intelligent students need help in some sort of way. It might be hard to realize it when you're so inwardly focused, but when you look around you, everyone is walking the same path. They just have different strengths and weaknesses. It's an incredible thing when others use their personal strengths to offset your weaknesses. Nursing friends see in you what you don't see in yourself. Nursing friends share your passions, sleepless nights, early mornings, stress, panic attacks, victories, and failures. Nursing friends are your own personal cheerleaders.

It's no secret that we deal with some pretty gross stuff. Who else can you count on when you're walking down the unit trying to find an extra pair of hands to help you change the clothes of a morbidly obese patient who's covered from shoulders to ankles in their stool? Your nursing buds.

What about when your patient goes into v-fib (ventricular fibrillation), and you need someone to relief on chest compressions? Your rock star nurse friends are there to lend a hand or two.

Or what about when you are scrubbing into a C-section for the first time and you're kind of, sort of, secretly concerned you might get queasy or faint? Your nursing squad will remind you how tough you are. They'll assist you as quickly as possible and when you are finished washing your hands a thousand times, they'll make you laugh or smile. They'll always be there to help you with dignity, support, love, and encouragement.

Your nursing friends know which supply closet you go hide in when you are about to lose it or when class is so long it's giving you a headache so they pass you some Tylenol. Nursing friends are the backbone of your nursing school experience. I always love it that whenever I need hand sanitizer, Tylenol/Advil/Motrin or even a Band-Aid, someone always has it.

Even if you don't talk every day, or you take different class times, there is always someone waving hello or asking how you're holding up. You are all so different, but at the same time, you feel like you're surrounded by so many who are just like you. They care as much as you do. They love as much as you do. And the best part? They just love you. Even on your worst days. There will be times when you trip up on the easy stuff you know that you know, but they'll be there with open arms telling you about when they were in the same place. They are the ones who “fight in the trenches" with you. They'll carry you when you can't keep going, and you'll do the same. No woman or man left behind.

Nursing friends are incredible lifelong blessings. So, remember to thank them every once in a while. Keep cheering each other on, keep fighting together and keep reminding each other that the end goal is closer than it seems.

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I Never Wanted To Go To College

I never wanted to go to college, but I stayed because I learned some things along the way - who knew.

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I went because it's what the family expected from me. It's a step towards a successful career path. And obviously because it's a natural progression from high school. But deep down I never wanted to go because I really found no reason to be there.

In my view if you weren't going into traditional career fields, going to college was an expensive long shot. I was also careful to pay attention to all the people that attended college only to work in fields different from what they originally studied.

I was wary but didn't care so I don't put much thought into it. I applied to a handful of schools and attended the one that was more convenient. Once there I found the whole process disheartening.

I relied heavily on financial aid and felt the interaction and choices I was making were more transactional then enriching. It was just like high school again. Go to class take notes, read the book take the test, rinse and repeat until you get the degree.

That was until I fell into a philosophy class that was really challenging. It was challenging in a way that I hadn't been experienced in a while. I was having trouble understanding the material but desperately wanted to learn it. I read books over and over until the concepts were crystal clear. It also helped that I had a teacher who was passionate about the subject as well.

It kind of changed my whole approach to picking classes. Sure I'd visit the advisors and get their take on how to follow the quickest path to graduation. But I also wanted to be intentional with my course selection and take classes where I would learn as much as I could in topics that interested me.

Whether or not they fit my major. That's the only thing that made going to school worth it. Learning topics that change how I approach life and challenged my thinking. Then I was growing intellectually and not just checking boxes for a degree.

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