8 Summer Goals that are still attainable

8 Summer Goals that are still attainable

They are still in reach.

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Let's face it. Summer is almost over. It is almost time to go back to school and get back into the swing of things for the next nine months. Even though it is the end of July, these goals are still attainable and are able to be reached.

1. Lose weight.

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This can be done at any time of the year but most people strive to lose weight in the summer because they are not as busy and can work out and it's easier to eat healthily.

2. Read x many books.

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There is still plenty of time to hunker down with a good book either on the beach or in the woods or on your couch. If you dedicate time to reading, you will be able to accomplish your book goal.

3. Travel.

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Even if you don't go far, there is still a lot of time to get in your car and go on an adventure.

4. See or hangout with your friends.

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There are still a few weeks left before people start going back to school, which is more than enough time to see your friends or hangout with them at least one more time before everyone goes back to school.

5. Make some money.

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There may not be many jobs available, but there might be something that you find even if it is just a few hours a week that can make you a little money.

6. Get a new hobby.

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Before you go back to school, you can still pick up a new hobby that you can take with you to school.

7. Go shopping.

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There is more than enough time to go on a shopping spree before school starts and get some new and cute clothes.

8. Get a tan.

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Summer isn't over yet! you can still hit the beach and work on that sweet tan.

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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Surviving Your Family Vacation 101

Do NOT forget your headphones.

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Recently, I went on a 10-day family vacation to Alaska with two of my sisters and my parents. While I had a lot of fun on this trip and got to bond with my younger sisters that I don't usually see, there were a lot of frustrating, stressful moments too. So here are 11 tips to help you prepare for your next family vacation.

1. Bring anything that will keep you busy (and to avoid conversations you really don't want to have)

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Just like any other trip, books, magazines , etc. will come in handy for times of boredom. Also, it's really nice to be able to stick your nose in a book to avoid the millionth question about what you're going to do when you graduate and go out into the "real word".

2. Everyone else says it looks like you're having so much fun! (Even when you definitely aren't.)

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"Oh my gosh, you're going where?! That sounds like SO much fun!" Yeah, okay Jessica, but I am stuck in closed spaces with my family for days on end. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

3. If you have younger siblings and they fight, sit between them

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Rather than screaming and yelling at everyone and making your road trip miserable, I suggest making yourelf the middle man to reduce fight time between family members.

4. Do NOT forget your headphones

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Forgetting a pair of headphones is guaranteed to make your family vacation 100% worse. If you don't want to end up listening to the Disney channel, religious podcasts, or obscure rock from the 70s, remember your ear buds.

5. Be prepared to stop and visit every family member that lives in the area

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So maybe you haven't seen great grandma Jill since you were three months old. And you thought uncle Sam was that guy from the military posters. It doesn't matter, because if they are in a 10-day radius of where you're traveling, you will probably stop to see them.

6. You may be used as a human Google

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As a young adult, you are thought to know the most about phones and how technology works. So yes, you may have to navigate to every place you go, look up places to eat, where to stay, and whether or not you can keep a puffin for a pet (and no, it's illegal).

7. Get ready to roll with the punches

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If mom forgot to book the hotel room or dad decides to cancel the day trip to the national park you were dying to see, just go with it. You're along for the ride, don't let little things ruin your whole trip.

8. Whatever you do, try to hold in the expletives or ranting that you'd like to scream at everyone

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Mom and Dad probably won't be too happy if you screech out the F bomb in front of your ten year old sister, so just save your rants for your private instagram account.

9. If you need to cry, do it silently where no one can see you

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It's easy to get frustrated, upset, stressed, or just kind of tired of your relatives on a family vacation. Sometimes you just feel like crying. Just remeber to do it in the back of the car so dad doesn't make fun of you for being sensitive.

10. This will all be over soon

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Breathe, okay? No matter how awful or miserable you might be in the moment, it will pass. And so will your family vacation (eventually).

11. Remember to have fun

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While a family vacation may not be a trip to Mexico with your friends or a fun backpacking trip with your S.O., it can still be a really fun time. And if you have a good attitude, you can bond and make a lot of great memories with your family!

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