What's In My Briefcase?

What's In My Briefcase?

The oddities in the depths of my bag.
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I don't know about you, but somehow I have the most random things in my briefcase by the end of the week that I guess at one point during the week had a meaning. I am not talking about clutter or random receipts, even though yes you can find my gas receipt in my wallet because for some reason I think I'll need it one day and always click yes. I am talking about just straight up strange items in my briefcase.

1. Toothbrush

Am I the only one who doesn't like smelling like my lunch during the day as I'm headed into an afternoon meeting? This one I don't find that odd. It's pretty practical actually.

2. The un-eaten Chef Boyardee mini ravioli cup

Better luck Monday. I throw these in my bag in the morning all the time for lunch. They're extremely convenient for those of you who are like me stranded in your cubicle room with only a shared microwave but no fridge.

3. Sudafed

I have no time for sickness. The second I feel like I may have a sore throat, chug the vitamin C and maybe take some medicine. If I'm sick I can't go to work or go to school... it's just inconvenient.

4. Hand sanitizer

Speaking of not getting sick, always have some hand sanitizer handy. Pun intended. Really though, you want clean kept hands for all those handshakes you're doling out as a working woman.

5. Chocolate

I am your go to if you need some chocolate at work. Salted Caramel is my favorite stash. It works as a little reward for yourself too when you absolutely star a project but no one else is there to celebrate with you in your cubicle.

6. Headphones

For me these are essential because I work a desk job where it can sometimes get noisy around me when I'm trying to focus. They also work great when it's dead silent around you on Thursday afternoon and you need some jams to keep yourself going.

7. Planner

Ah yes. I cannot go anywhere without this because I honestly have no idea what my schedule is and couldn't tell you off the top of my head. These are great so you never forget the little things like bringing in a textbook for a coworker.

8. Water

Pinky's up Patrick. Contrary to popular belief, water keeps you more awake than coffee. You become tired when you're dehydrated so it's best to keep your water bottle with ya.

9. A pair of jeans

I'll admit I have brought a change of clothes to work because I have a busy schedule bouncing from school and back and sometimes I just don't want to walk around campus in my slacks.

10. My work

Yes. Believe it or not in my big bag there is actual work. Most of my work is on a computer, but my drives and notes are kept safely in my bag.

What are the oddities in your briefcase?


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Is it all worth it?
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"You're going to feel like quitting. You're going to struggle. You'll have days where you'll wonder, 'what's it all for?' You'll have days when people attempt to break you down, or challenge your intelligence, skills and right to be where you are. You'll have moments when you question your own abilities, and perhaps your sanity - but you'll rise. You'll rise, because your strength as a nurse is not determined by one grade, one shift or one job - it's an ongoing journey of learning, honor, humility and a chance to make even the smallest difference in the lives of your patients."

Don't ever give up on achieving your dreams to be a nurse. Keep pushing forward, no matter how hard it is. Nursing is not an easy major. You will have very little, if any, time to do anything other than study. But just think about how great it will feel to connect with a patient, pray with them, and even save his or her life. This will make all of the late night studying, weekly breakdowns, countless cups of coffee, and tests so hard all you want to do is cry, worth it. To see a patient's face light up when you walk in his or her room will make your heart melt and you'll know you chose the right major.

The kind of nurse you will be isn't based on a test grade, it's based on your heart for the people you are caring for. You may have failed a class, but don't let that ruin you. Try again and keep pushing toward your goal. Don't allow others around you to drag you down and tell you you aren't good enough to be a nurse. Show them how strong you are and that you will never give up. There will be days when all you want to do is quit, I know I question my major more than once a week; however, there is a patient out there that needs you and your caring heart. You can do this, have faith in yourself that you can move mountains.

I will say that you definitely must have a heart for nursing. Personally, I want to be a Pediatric Oncologist and work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Just the thought of those precious children going through the hardest part of their lives, keeps me going so that I can be there for them. I want to be a light to my patients and their families during a dark time. When I feel like giving up, I just think about how many lives I have the chance to touch and I keep on going. So when you feel like giving up, just think about your future patients and how you can make a difference, even if its only for one person. I love the quote from Katie Davis that states, "I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. But I can change the world for one person. So I will keep loving, one person at a time." Even though this quote is about foreign missions, I believe it fits the mold for nursing as well. Nurses have the opportunity to change the world for people everyday. Just remember that, smile, don't give up, and keep pushing toward your goal.

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10 things no one tells you about taking an Online class

Online or on campus, school is still school.

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While school has been out for most people, it isn't for me. This summer I decided to take a couple of classes. Both of which involved class online. My first class was a hybrid class, meaning it was half in person and half online, and my second class is entirely online. I expected class online to be like the busy practice work we get from the access codes in our textbooks, and boy was a wrong.

So let me tell you what no one tell you about taking an online class.

1. You constantly have to check in with your professor and classmates.

While you don't see them in person, you are constantly writing and replying to discussion board posts.

2. It's so much harder to focus on the material.

Trying to focus on your laptop, or tablet screen without checking your social media or going online shopping, is almost impossible. The temptation to switch open another tab and go off topic is crazy.

3. There's no slowing down, everything has a set deadline.

Typically, in an traditional in-person class, if the class isn't understanding something the professor can move deadlines for assignments, but online everything is set in stone.

4. You need great time management skills.

Don't get me wrong, I have pretty great time management skills between all my classes and working full-time, but online classes come with a lot more work, considering you aren't constricted by classroom time, traffic, weather and campus problems.

5. There's so much more class work.

On top of having to reading 20 chapters, you have questions in every section of every chapter that you need to answer, end of chapter questions, videos that you need to watch, homework assignments, vocabulary, test/quizzes/exams, and papers. Mind you the tests/quizzes/exam and papers are after every single chapter. I don't know about you but in my classes that actually meet in person, I have never had to answer any questions at the end of each section or chapter, and my tests/quizzes/exams where grouped into multiple chapters, not after every single chapter.

6. You still need to take notes.

Some assignments don't allow you to stop and look for the answer and you can't open another tab and Google the answer and scroll forever because you're being timed on the assignment. Writing notes down will help you remember the information.

7. If you learn hands on, you're going to have a harder time.

If you're a hands on learner, an online class might not be for you. There's nothing hands on about sitting in front of a computer screen.

8. You still have to study.

Like I said before, when you're doing an assignment and you can't stop and you're being timed, it helps to have studied the information before hand.

9. Technology can be a major problem.

Websites crash and run super slow sometimes and there's nothing that we can do about it. You just have to work through it and be patient. So don't do your work last minute, you never know when the website will be down!!

10. You are 100% responsible for everything.

While yes you are responsible for most of your traditional classes, you still have the professor to lecture and teach, but online you're teaching yourself everything.

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