To The One Who Changed My Life

To The Professor I Already Know I Owe My Career To

While River Falls suffers a tremendous loss, Appleton wins the freaking lottery.


All I can think to say is thank you. Thank you for being a part of the best year of my life. Thank you for giving me my love for economics. Thank you for being the one who made me fall in love with my education. Thank you for seeing something in me. Thank you for believing in me when I had doubts about myself. Thank you for becoming my advisor and for giving me the honor of being your assistant. Thank you for all the wisdom and all the laughs. Thank you for never letting me hang my head low. Thank you for the constant inspiration and encouragement. Thank you for helping me through one of the hardest years of my life. Thank you for being there every step of the way these last nine months even when every step was filled with uncertainty. I'm not sure who or where I would be without you.

Thank you for teaching me what it looks like to be a good person. You are a remarkable human being and you embody everything a person should be. You walk gently across this earth and you really do have the biggest heart. Thank you for being someone I can look up to, someone who inspires me each and every day.

Thank you for all you have taught me. You have taught me sacrifice and that hard work really does pay off, but to never forget what is really important. You have taught me that life always has a funny way of working itself out eventually. You have taught me that maybe it's not about the ending but rather the story. You have taught me to put my trust in God and believe in my purpose. You have taught me to find what I love and make it my life.

There was a certain pressure that came with being your TA but I was a better student because of it. And even though you'll be miles away, a certain part of me will always carry that with me. I'm going to make you so proud, I promise.

So as this chapter comes to an end, know that I am going to miss our Monday morning meetings, Wednesday coffee runs and being able to come visit you whenever I wanted. You changed my life and I want you to know that I won't forget you and everything you taught me.

Regardless of how much this hurts right now, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. You have given me more than any other professor or teacher ever has and for that I am grateful. Best of luck in Appleton. They're getting a good one.

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13 Things All Nursing Majors Know Really Well, Besides The Inside Of Their Eyelids

Ah yes, multiple night shifts, in a row. Splendid.

College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.

3. When your professors schedule two tests in the same week along with 25 PrepU quizzes

4. When your test answer was correct but not the MOST correct

5. When you go home for break and your family members ask you how nursing school is going

6. When you somehow find time to go out but don't know how to dress in something other than scrubs

7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes

8. When your clinical instructor lets you pass meds and start an IV all in the same day

9. How you feel when your patient says, "You're going to be a great nurse someday!"

10. When your friends get upset that you can never hang out with them anymore

11. When you argue with your professor on a test question and earn the whole class points back

12. How you felt after you successfully gave your first shot to a patient

13. And when you realize that one day all of this stress and hard work will finally pay off and you will have the job of your dreams!

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I'm Focused On My Career Life, Not My Love Life And I Don't Feel Like I'm Missing Out

You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant.


I'm an independent girl. I have always had big dreams and I will do anything to reach those dreams. I have worked 20-40 hours a week since I was 15 years old. I have a great group of friends, filled with amazing women and wonderful men. I'm active in my social life and I'm always down for the newest adventure. I would say that my life is very rounded out. However, sometimes when I'm surrounded by my peers, I see that most of them are in some form of relationship. This, however, is an aspect of my life that is currently open for applicants.

Being almost 20 years old, I have friends in all different walks of the dating game. Some are in new and exciting relationships while others are getting prepared for marriage. Hearing the talks of future plans, significant others are a major part of my friends' futures. Not saying that I don't want to date, because I do, but I simply don't have time for it right now.

I would rather be looking for internships than swiping through Tinder. I would rather be building my portfolio than breaking down my walls. I would rather be adding experience to my resume than adding another guy into my life.

And, to be honest, I really hate this generation of dating. From the late night texts to the ghosting, I just hate it. I know a lot of people say this now, but I just don't want a relationship based around technology. I want something that is authentic, honest and real. I don't want to go on dates with guys from a dating app, knowing what their true intention is. I don't want to meet a random guy at a frat party (who probably isn't that good for me). I don't want to Netflix and chill.

Like my career, I want something I can learn from. I want someone I can learn from. I want someone that will help me towards my goals, rather than distracting me from them. I want someone who is as focused on their careers as I am. And frankly, I don't think this is a bad thing.

So, while some girls are planning their wedding days or their future kids' names, I am planning the details to creating my own business and how I'm going to get there. I'm proud that I know where I want to be in my career. Sure, I don't have a boyfriend or any romantic future plans, but that shouldn't make me feel less than.

If you're work driven, please be proud of that! You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant. Get that promotion, start that business, grow your work experience. Your love life will follow and it will feel so much sweeter when it does come. Be excited for your friends and their love lives, but be excited for what's to come for you too. If you're passionate about something, it doesn't have to feel like you're missing out.


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