On being a student again

I am really enjoying nursing school. I've been tired, stressed and sick all week, but I still love it. We are starting to get more into the meat of things. Over the weekend I spent 20 hours doing clinicals at the hospital and it was pretty great. My highlight was translating for a Korean woman on the unit who was a North Korean refugee!

Also, I am meeting some great people, and people closer to my age and stage of life. I am in the accelerated program (14 months), and the forty of us have started taking separate classes from the other 140 students in the traditional track. Nursing is a second degree for most of us, so we tend to be older and have varied life experiences.

I can't remember the last time I was this stressed out. With studying for exams, juggling schedules of multiple classes and clinicals of multiple classes I've had my hands full. Plus, in this 6 week course I've been out of town 2 weekends and had clinicals another weekend. I learned my lesson this quarter about not taking on too much (I got sick). It's hard to be gone all weekend when I have an exam every Monday. But I'm still surviving and W has been a champ - grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, packing my breakfast and lunches and taking care of me when I was sick. During this season I've been reminded that two is better than one.

I'm such a different student now than I was in my first undergrad. Back then I took my education for granted, didn't fully realize the financial cost, didn't know what I was going to do with my degree, and didn't have motivation to do well. Now that I'm back for a second time, I'm keenly aware of the cost, have a clear idea about what I will do with my degree (at least for now - I may go back for grad school later), and am highly motivated to do well.

Those are my thoughts for now...gotta get back to studying. Finals are next week!


  1. This is so great!!! I remember the vocational conversations that we shared. God is good!

    Man, I would love learn more about the NK refugee! I didn't realize that they were already in the states-- wow!

  2. Great to hear your update!