You Should Say 'Yes' To Your Future

You Should Say 'Yes' To Your Future

At the end of every chapter in your life, there are new beginnings.
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With a busy schedule in this fast-paced world, it is easy to continue to look forward to the future and not take a moment to acknowledge the present or the past. At the end of every chapter in your life there are new beginnings, but before these beginnings are given your full attention, you should have time for reflection. You never know what you might have missed while bombarded with things to do, places to go, and people to see.

As I reflected I realized that over the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to pioneer not just one venture, but several. Of course, I am not referring to captaining a ship on a grand adventure, but to me, these opportunities were just as exciting.

Around two years ago the music department at my school was looking for someone to run their social media. I jumped at the chance to be paid to post on Facebook (I mean, doesn’t that just sound so fun?) and immediately answered a few pre-interview questions. Before you know it, I was given the admin role on FB and a time sheet. Facebook was the only social media platform they had at the time, so I got to start their profiles on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Since then, they have gained followers and I have gained a lot of valuable insights on how to conduct a business page.

At the beginning of this school year, an acquaintance (at the time) had given my phone number to the principal of a school. This school was looking for someone to direct an after-school children’s choir. The principal not only received my information but reached out to me a day after I was told of this! We set up an interview, which I then barely made due to car troubles, and that was when I was hired to teach 3rd-5th graders how to sing! Near the end of the school year, my little makeshift choir got to perform for their peers at an assembly. Although it might not have been a perfect recital, I could tell that the time and effort I had invested in them was worth it. These children were proud of what they had accomplished and were excited to share their art with others.

This year at my internship I needed to lead a senior project. The parameters were that it would have to be an event and extenuating to the work I was already doing. So, instead of just taking over an event that had already been on the calendar, I was offered the chance to create one from the ground up. The church leadership trusted me with the important task of creating a Holy Week worship experience, even though I had only been there for a few months!

While these stories may not seem to be related at all, the one thing all three of them have in common is that they were opportunities I said “yes” to. Maybe I was at the right place at the right time, maybe my extroverted personality caused others to see potential, or maybe it was the plan for my life all along.

Even though I am closing this chapter of my life, I can’t wait to open up new opportunities, to say “yes” to new experiences in my future. Will you join me?

Cover Image Credit: Ariana Prestes

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

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 no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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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.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

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.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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