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Nursing School Semester 1 Update
Currently, I have been in nursing school for a month and I already can't imagine what my next semester will be like. This is an exciting journey but it is not what I expected so far.
For some reason, I expected a lot of the nursing students to be my age. I was surprised to see that most of them are not even close to my age. I am pretty sure that I am the youngest in most of my classes at 19 years old.
I'm not complaining because it's a pretty cool change, but the fact that most of my classmates are older than me makes it difficult for me to make friends.
So far my classes are not very difficult but they are very time consuming. I have five classes. English, Information Literacy, Anatomy & Physiology 1, Philosophy and Intro to Nursing.
I wish I had more time to just focus solely on my science courses but that's not really possible.
My main goal is to try and retain as much as I can from my science courses because the concepts from those classes are going to stick with me through out my nursing career.
My tip for any nursing student, is to try and understand what you are studying rather than memorizing. I have found that when I truly understand something, it sticks with me.
Being a nursing student has already given me a sense of accomplishment. I had to compete with others to get into nursing school but I made it. I am also one of the youngest in my class and I am a minority. This just makes me want to work even harder.
Even though getting into nursing school for me was the easiest part, I am still proud of the effort I put forth to get to where I am today in my first semester.
No matter what level of nursing school you are in, don't give up. With hard work anything can be accomplished.
I recently got my grades back from my first exam in anatomy and physiology 1, and I was very disappointed in myself all because I got 84%. I wanted to get an A so bad that I began to feel horrible.
A few days later when I compared my grades with a few of my classmates, I realized that I didn't do so bad. Immediately, I stopped putting myself down and started to work harder so that I can get my grades where I want them to be.
Besides, what was I thinking!...A "B" is pretty good and it's passing! =)
One of my teachers stated that it would be nice to get an "A" on every exam but that doesn't always happen. This was very eye opening and it helped me get back to reality. It's not unrealistic to get all "A's" but that doesn't always happen.
More updates on my nursing school journey will be coming soon. Thanks for reading! :)