Your College Grades Aren't The End Of The World

Your College Grades Aren't The End Of The World

They may seem like it, but they will never compare to your happiness.
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We have all been there one time or another. The stress and constant battle of trying to get that one grade up. But, is it worth shattering your mental health for?

Sure, you have worked really hard. That one professor just doesn't understand and isn't cutting you any slack.

When you are crying over the exam that you need to pass the class, stressing over the 30 point quiz, or having a panic attack about the project due at midnight, remember to breathe.

Your college grades do not define your worth or who you are. You will grow up and get married, have a yard with little kids, and you will be happy. It is what you make of it.

You will have a job and you will support your loved ones.

I know in this moment right here right now it seems like the end of the world if you get a C on an assignment. It is not just a piece of paper, it does show your hard work and dedication to your academics. Although, it does not define your life.

I am someone who needs to remind myself of this 24/7 in order to function weekly.

When you are feeling like it is the end of the world due to college stress, take a minute for yourself. Go to Chick Fil A, hangout with your friends down the hall, color in your coloring book, watch your favorite TV show. You know yourself better than anyone else.

Never let your academics try to define who you are. You got this.

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.
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I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing Is Different Than Any Other Major





1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.



4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.



5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.



6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.



7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.



8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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For Students With Disabilities, Attendance Policies Do More Harm Than Good

I ask that colleges to find a way to motivate student's that doesn't unfairly criticize students with disabilities.

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Most college students have encountered an attendance policy at some point during their career as a college student. The concept is usually something like this: miss two days in the quarter or semester and you will be fine, but for every absence after that, your grade will drop, until you hit a certain number of absences and fail out of the class.

I understand and hopefully, most of us understand the importance of good attendance in a school setting, especially when it comes to college. However, that being said... attendance policies are extremely unfair to those students with health issues or disabilities.

Sometimes, two days is not even enough for a severe bout of the common cold or flu, let alone something more serious or something chronic.

Anytime a Professor talks about their ability to accommodate people with disabilities, but then immediately jumps into their "no late work" and aggressive attendance policies, at least one student in the classroom is alienated, if not more. No late work? Well, that immediately gives trouble to any student dealing with something that would make them work slower than the "average" student. For example, ADHD, or perhaps a chronic pain disorder.

While professors are most often more than willing to work with an individual, it gets tiring for someone who already has a health issue to continually have to bear the load of that burden.

Again, I like to think we all understand the importance of going to class in college. But hopefully, all of the students in classrooms in college are there because they want to learn not because they are forced to go, like students in primary and secondary public education.

Going to class is oftentimes how the information is transmitted from student to professor, through discussion, not just via the textbook.

But there has to be a different solution rather than threatening students with lifelong physical and mental disabilities with failure if they can't keep the same pace as the rest of their classmates. It isn't fair to those with CFS which affects up to 2.5 million Americans who might struggle just to get out of bed in the morning for their classes, no matter how much they want to study and learn. It isn't fair to those who have a chronic pain condition, be it endometriosis or an IBD, among so many others, who certainly do not want to be spending their time doubled over in pain on their bedroom floor instead of in class.

Trust me, when I was forced to sit down on my floor because it was a struggle to stand up, I wasn't happy about missing class. I was frustrated because I am a good student, but it felt like someone had glued weights to my eyelashes. Or when I didn't move out of bed because I was in pain, it wasn't because I didn't want to be learning.

I have shed hundreds of tears over classes I've missed because it wasn't physically possible for me to go, but I wanted to be like everyone else.

Those with disabilities aren't staying home to enjoy themselves, they're staying home because they have a chronic health issue and attendance policies unfairly judge them and ask them to perform at a similar capacity as someone without those disabilities.

Attendance policies were created to keep students going to class, but I ask that colleges (and even public schools) to find a way to motivate student's that doesn't unfairly criticize students with disabilities.

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