When You're Not A Senior But You're Ready To Graduate

When You're Not A Senior But You're Ready To Graduate

Like everything, college fizzles out.
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During spring semester, seniors always take to social media to talk about how they are not ready to leave. Be it because of love for their school or fear for what's beyond it, nobody ever seems ready to leave college. And that's probably a good thing, because that means you've had the time of your life here and you've picked the right place to find yourself.

But I don't think I'm going to be one of those people. I don't think I'll be posting or thinking about how I'm not ready to leave. And once I'm gone, I don't think that I'll long to go back and be the person I was when I was in college. Because even though I'm not yet a senior, and even though I truly love my school, I'm ready to leave.

Like everything, college fizzles out. What used to be the biggest taste of freedom doesn't feel novel anymore. The ability to go out to bars and drink and try all sorts of new things you couldn't do when you lived at home loses its luster. As you go on, you start to realize there may be better things out there than a frat party and a nasty hangover the next morning.

As I dive into my major, I think of all the possibilities that lie ahead for myself in my career. As I become more independent, I think of how nice it will be to come home to my apartment with a dog and the love of my life and not have to worry about an upcoming exam or assignment that has nothing to do with what I'm passionate about. I picture myself in the future, a career woman, a wife, a mom, and all of those things strike me as far more appealing than being where I am now. And that isn't to say I hate where I am now, its simply to say that I just look forward to where I'll be next even more.

I am not trying to wish my life away, and I don't think my desire to move on from college life is indicative of being at a school that is not right for me. I have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. I met the love of my life here, and found the things I'm passionate about. I believe this place has made me into a brilliant and strong, compassionate and kind human. And I'm ready to use those traits this place has given me in the real world. I just feel impatient to get around to doing so.

I have always believed college shouldn't be the best 4 years of your life, because if they were, they didn't fulfill their purpose. College is supposed to give you the people, the education and the tools to go out into the world and make every single year better than the last. That's not to say you shouldn't look back at your time at school as amazing and memorable. But if post-grad you is constantly looking back with longing, I don't think college served its purpose.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to soak up every second of college. I'm not bashing those who don't want to leave, or those who are their happiest self right where they are. I'm simply not, and that's okay. We all move on at our own pace, mine just happens to be a year too fast.

I am simply ready to take all I've learned and all I am out into the real world and make a difference. I am ready to take all college has given to me and put it right back into the world. But since I have to wait, I will learn more and be even better when I'm finally there.

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23 Actual Quotes From Nursing Students

Behind the scenes at clinicals.
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Many nursing students actively complain about the tortures of nursing school, but those on the outside may not know how stressful it is. Here are 23 fun quotes from actual nursing students that can give you an idea of what nursing school is really like:

1. "If I died and went to hell, it would take me a week to realize that I wasn't in nursing school anymore."

2. "My GPA is higher than the number of hours I sleep at night."

3. "Is it weird that I love nursing school, but it also makes me want to cry at the same time?"

4. "Can't I just learn everything I need to know from watching Grey's Anatomy?"

5. "I laid my practice catheter on my bed to scare away my roommate's boyfriend."

6. "My clinical badge picture actually makes me look like I am a serial killer."

7. "We are literally a cult, guys. We wear the same things and in order to be a nursing student, you have to pass certain tests that involve manipulating body parts and such."

8. "We only worked 12 hours on our 12-hour shift! This is a miracle."

9. "Wouldn't that be cool if we initiated IV bags full of Starbucks coffee into each other's bloodstreams?"

10. "Are you a pulmonary embolism? Because you make me breathless."

11. "I am never getting married because I stopped talking to boys when I entered nursing school."

12. "Everyone else gets to go out, go to the bars, go on dates, work out, go to the lake, but I am just sitting here trying to pass nursing school."

13. *Holds up blank piece of paper* "This is a picture of my current social life."

14. "I just want it to be the weekend so I can have free time to work on homework."

15. "For our tests, all the answers are correct. You just have to pick the BEST answer."

16. "All I want for my birthday is a lavender stethoscope with my name engraved on the bell."

17. "On a pain scale from 1-10, I would say that nursing school is a solid 11."

18. "Do these scrubs make me look fat?"

18. "I love the pockets on our scrubs! You can literally hold anything and everything. Maybe even a puppy so that you can take it out when you start to feel sad."

19. "It is really sad how I refer to life outside of nursing school as 'real life.'"

20. "Finals week is literally every week in nursing school. We haven't gone a week without a major test this entire semester."

21. "People only respect me when I am wearing scrubs."

22. "I have my friend groups clumped into two different groups: sorority friends and nursing friends."

23. "How is school going? Yeah, nursing school sucks, but it is so worth it."

Although a lot of these quotes seem to be negative, you need to remember that it is easier to complain about the bad than it is to praise about the good. Nursing school is pretty time-consuming, as well as mentally and physically exhausting, but I would not trade it for any other major. I am blessed to call myself a nursing student, and my nursing friends have turned into one of the biggest support systems that I have ever encountered.

Oh, and all these quotes are actually quotes from me, ha.

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Education Is More Than What You Learn In The Classroom

You're so much more than your grades.

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We have a huge tendency in Western society to completely judge our self-worth based on our grades. As a sophomore in college, I can tell you that I definitely feel the pressure to maintain a perfect GPA and get As on every test. And while rationally, I know that one B wouldn't be the end of the world, I, like most college students, am conditioned to feel like I am inferior if my grades aren't in a certain percentile. Our learning is measured on a scale from 0-100%, which totally negates the majority of learning.

The most important things we learn aren't in the classroom.

That's right. For all our colleges' advertising and marketing slogans about how they are preparing students for the real world, they forget the most important part: we learn to be who we will become for the rest of our lives by making our own space and coming into our identity due to the world around us, not the tiny microcosm that is our classroom.

Invaluable experiences like travel, trying new things, "adulting," laughing and even reading books are much more educational than we would ever realize.

I've often complained that my high school and college don't offer classes on how to do your taxes, or do laundry or how to change a tire. But what I've realized is just because it isn't offered in the conventional atmosphere doesn't mean it isn't important to learn and doesn't mean I can't learn it on my own.

Teaching yourself is just as important as being taught.

Taking charge of your own education is something that advisors and parents often preach, but not necessarily in the way I mean. I'm not talking about getting yourself a tutor or going to supplemental help, I'm talking about learning the things you want to learn, regardless of whether you can take it in a classroom.

Like the main character in my absolute favorite movie, "Good Will Hunting," says, "You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library." While this is definitely an exaggeration and a college degree is by no means a waste of money, he does have a point. If you rely on professors and powerpoint presentations to provide your entire learning experience, you'll seriously miss out.

Studying every day isn't the way to learn.

So if it comes down to an extra hour of hitting the books or having those spontaneous life experiences and college adventures, always pick the adventure! In the end, you won't remember every single exam you took and what percentage you got, you'll remember the road trips, the nights you spent wheezing with laughter and the time spent making friends who will last a lifetime.

The stories you tell your kids and grandkids are more of an education than hours spent in a lecture hall. If you become the best and most educated person you can be of your own efforts, your grades will follow. And even more importantly, you'll realize that the little letters and numbers on a transcript don't mean much after all.

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