I Thought Taking An Online Class Would Be Easy, I Was Wrong

I Thought Taking An Online Class Would Be Easy, I Was Wrong

Online Classes Aren't For Everyone
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Sometimes it’s hard to motivate ourselves to get out of our warm bed, put on some uncomfortable jeans, and walk to class. Some say that online classes are practically “class in your pajamas.”

Well, it’s not.

It’s more of a burden than any class that I’ve ever taken, and here’s why you shouldn’t take an online class.

If you’re like me, you have a terrible memory. Even having a planner and calendar on the wall to tell you when things are due, isn’t enough. At the beginning of the semester you’ll tell yourself that “you got this” and that it’ll be your easiest class because you won’t have to physically attend. You do great the first few weeks but then that one assignment you missed becomes four assignments not done. It ends up being your worst class because life gets in the way and you don’t have the time in your schedule to pull out your laptop and do some homework.

Don’t take an online class if you live on campus.

Might as well get the convenience you paid for, take the 10-minute walk, hit up Starbucks, and go to class. With a physical class, you already have dedicated time towards doing the work and the class so might as well take it. Doing it online completely only hinders your ability for free time.

I took an online math class and history class last semester and thought it would be simple and my easiest class. Math is probably the worst subject to take online because you are teaching Algebra to yourself. Again, if you’re like me, you’re bad at math. I had recently gotten a job, so having to balance working, being an full time student, and an online class was too stressful for me.

Although, the history class worked out great and I passed the class with a high A, but I did not pass the math class. Some classes just simply aren’t meant for online, and some classes are.

When taking an online class, you don’t get the convenient face-to-face time with your professor in case you have questions and it’s even harder to get an email response with questions you might have.

All in all, online classes aren’t for all people. Especially not for me. However, I do know some who work better with online classes so if you feel like you can keep up with it without it getting in the way of your social time and work schedule, go for it!

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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.

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I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

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