I'd rather be doing these things

The ABCs Of What I'd Rather Be Doing

I have no shame in admitting I didn't want to write this article.


As summer winds down to the last few weeks before school begins again, time for fun becomes limited. There's only so much time left to do something crazy, and instead, you're spending your time working or studying for the remainder of your summer class or preparing for the fall semester. I'm writing this article when I could be hanging out with friends!

Now, I often talk about how much I'd rather do something else than actual work, but I don't think anyone understands what I'd honestly rather be doing right now. I've always been one to think about what I could be doing with my time instead of being productive. To prove my point, I made an alphabetical list of things that I'd much rather be doing right now.

1. Applying for jobs.

I'm broke and bored. Those go hand in hand, right?

2. Bathing my dog.

It's no fun for me or him, so why would I rather do this? Oh, yeah—I'm basically desperate.

3. Cleaning my room.


I enjoy cleaning. It relaxes me.

4. Dropping a watermelon from the roof.


Yikes, I just hope people stay far away.

5. Eating some good food.

Need I say more?

6. Finding a good reason to stay home tomorrow.

I don't like doing things that I don't necessarily have to do, and I would much rather have a reason to not do them.

7. Going to bed early.



8. Having someone tell me that my outfit is tacky.

I've never cared much for the opinions of other people about me, so this one won't matter too much. Also, my fashion sense is pretty okay.

9. Inspecting a mystery bruise on my arm for three hours.

I need to know where it came from!

10. Jumping jacks.


Exercising can be fun, right?

11. Killing a spider with my bare hands.

I'm not even kidding about this one, but I sincerely wish I was. I'd risk my life if it meant I didn't have to write this article.

12. Listening to country music.


Hi, I'll be over here wishing I was deaf.

13. Making sure I don't go deaf.

I was kidding; I would definitely prefer to be able to hear things.

14. Noticing how tired I am.

Have you ever noticed that you aren't that tired until you think about how tired you really are? It's the worst.

15. Obliviously seeing someone eat the last slice of pizza.


Sometimes I watch it happen and don't realize what's happening. Then it's too late.

16. Practicing my instrument.

This one isn't a joke. I really should practice, and I actually want to for once!

17. Quitting going to bed so late.

Doesn't everyone want more sleep? I don't see how this could ever be a bad thing.

18. Reading a book.


This one says a lot about me. I rarely read anymore, so if I'd rather read a book than do something, yikes.

19. Snowboarding.

I love snowboarding! It's too bad it's August in Texas!

20. Trying tofu.

I've heard it's basically tasteless?

21. Understanding quantum physics.

I'm a fine arts major, so there's absolutely no way I'd be able to do this.

22. Vividly dreaming of watching paint dry.


I honestly don't even know if this makes any sense, but I can confidently say I'd rather do this.

23. Watching hockey!

Unfortunately, it's August. I'm counting down the days until October rolls around and hockey season starts back up again!

24. X-raying my own teeth.


This is another one that I'm not really sure makes a lot of sense, but if you've ever had an x-ray taken of your teeth, you know it isn't comfortable.

25. Yelling into the abyss.

No one will hear me, though. I think that's the point.

26. Zzzzz.


You guessed it! Making the list for the fifth time—sleeping! I absolutely definitely would rather be sleeping right now!

In conclusion, I'd rather be doing all of these things right now. Some are more boring than others, but that's the beauty of the list.

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.

College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries


It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner


With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram


Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate


The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity


If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in


If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one


Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities


Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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