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GRADUATION, SAY WHAA?!

HOLY SHITBALLS, BATMAN.

First of all, I feel like I owe all of my ‘blog friends’ one GIGANTIC apology. I completely disappeared. In fact, for a short while, I’m not even sure I existed in human form. I just wondered around like a wisp and pretended to function. I’m certain every single individual who has attempted/survived nursing school has been in a similar state. Well, guess what peeps?! I CAN SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL! That’s right, bitches. It’s almost over! FOREVER. 

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I might just be a little excited.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin? I haven’t written a post since the end of my very first semester. Wow, how time flies! I have learned so, so much. And I still think that nursing is *totally awesome 90’s kid voice* by far the most awesomest profession, eva! So, let me just give you the down and dirty of everything between then and now. K?

My second semester (Med-surg 2 and Pharm BLAH) was very uneventful really. I just got 2 B’s (which was awesome, because that shat was HARD). I also got married in the middle of that semester. *AWE* Go ahead, it really was sweet. I settled into my teching position pretty quickly and spent the summer working and being married and junk.

My third semester (Peds/OB, Psych, Nursing Research) was also pretty uneventful. Except for psych. Which, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed, but I could never, ever, ever do that full time. EVER. My Psych professor was AH-MAZ-ZA-ZING. We became instant friends, and she continues to be a great asset to me as I grow and mature in the academics of the nursing profession. I’ve also never seen anyone who was so amazing at their job. Homie was seriously designed to be a psych nurse. Anywho, Nursing Research was the most ridiculous class I’ve taken thus far and the teacher was a total bi-yatch. Good news? I made it through. Shout out to my peds prof too! She’s still got my back, even though we discovered and (thankfully) she totally embraced my complete awkwardness toward kids. EWW. I finished that semester with straight A’s. BOSS LEVEL! We also had to take the HESI this semester. I was in the top 5 highest scores. HELLZ YEAH!

My fourth semester (Med-surg 3, Public Health, Leadership) is the semester I just completed in the Spring. HOT DAMN. Seriously, guys…I’ve never worked my ass off as much as I did this semester. And the worst part? I had a C in Med-surg right up until the very end, but thankfully I was able to get it up to a B! I have never been so stressed out in my life. The professor (who also happened to be my clinical instructor, awesome. *sarcasm*) was, well…I’m pretty sure she was Satan himself. GRRR, just writing this get my BP up. You know what? Let’s just leave this topic alone. I can’t be nice. Public health was a total joke, but leadership? BAHAHAHA. Waste of brain power right there. Again, jumping through the hoops.

Over the summer, I had the chance to play nurse, basically. I was chosen out of hundreds of applicants for one of 45 spots in a summer internship program at the hospital that I tech in. It was by far the most amazing experience in my student nurse career. If you have the opportunity for an intern/externship of any kind, DO NOT PASS IT UP! I learned so much more in one summer than I have in every clinical combined in nursing school. It was insane in the membrane, friends. I loved it!

ANDDDDD HERE WE ARE.

You are now all caught up! In just 11 short days I will attend my very last first day of undergrad, EVER! I GRADUATE IN DEC! *laser beams, disco ball, confetti* After 6 years, folks…it is FINALLY going to happen. I’m still in shock, really. And, if you’ve made it this far in this post, you’re awesome. Because this is ridiculous. I’m going to try my hardest to update much, much more regularly.

-Rach

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D-Day.

Well, this. is. it.

It’s 11:30 and I can’t sleep. The anxiety has definitely set in and I’m left wondering, what the crap have I gotten myself into?! I mean, I can do this, right?!

Right.

Good. I just needed some reassurance.

I’ve been going back and forth with my two friends left in the program all day. We are all so excited we can’t stand ourselves! But, at the same time, I think we  just needed to know that we weren’t the only one who felt like they were totally clueless. I feel like I should know more. I’m scared that it’s going to be  expected of me to already know more.

To be honest, I just hope I end up in the right place tomorrow. And I hope I haven’t forgotten anything. STRESSS!

Here’s to the fresh start of a new chapter. May I survive to see another semester!

I hope that you all have a fabulous Monday! Please let me know how your first day went!

-Rach

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Disappointment.

Well, today sucked. I finally got a call to interview for one of about 10 jobs I’ve applied for. It definitely wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. The schedule is pretty erratic and it sort-of imposes on my nursing schedule.

FAIL. I had high hopes. My parents are really pressuring me to work, even though my apartment is paid up for the entire year. It’s really irritating. 😦

I tried to not let that bummer destroy my day, so I went and bought my nursing watch. I love it! Purple is my all time favorite color. It’s perfect. It even has military time around the face!

After I picked up the watch, I went to finish off the deposit for the apartment. I was hoping that they would give me some news on a move in date. Guess what? FAIL. Apparently, they haven’t heard from the current tenant, and he hasn’t turned in the keys. Looks like I’m going to have to wait until the first. Why does that suck? My birthday is the 1st. School starts Monday. Who wants to spend their birthday weekend moving? And who wants to move after school has started? Suckfest.

Hopefully, things will start to look up. I guess I don’t really have a lot to complain about, because so many things have workout thus far. I’m just stressed and anxious to get things over with. I hope everyone is having a better day than I am! I think I need a nap.

-Rach

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The Homestretch.

I’m sure that if you’ve been reading regularly, you’ve picked up on the chaos that has been my life. My posts have been sparse. I’m going to stop apologizing for that. I just can’t help it! LOL

Official Countdown: 6 days. 6 DAYS.

Holy Crap.

Since I last posted, all of my FinAid has been straightened out. THANK GOD. My hair was starting to fall out. The apartment is secured, for the year anyway, and I think I’ve paid for everything that immediately needs to be paid for. Now, just awaiting the phone call to sign the lease and start the moving process. *Fingers crossed* that phone call comes this week!

On to happier, less stressful thoughts. My shoes came in while I was out-of-town last week and I picked up my uniforms yesterday. I’m still dissatisfied with their appearance. They just seem like such an aggravation to wear. The pants feel too big, even though the size smaller was definitely too little. The jacket is just blah, and the polo is way to short to have to be tucked in. I feel like I just flat-out look like a goober. Oh well, it isn’t a fashion show, is it? 😛 I’m also trying to decide on a great nursing watch. I’ve been told we will chart using military time. Greattttt. I’m horrible with military time. I need a watch with a dual face. I’ve found a couple, I just need to make up my mind on which one to get. 😀 I’ve also finished up the majority of my reading assignments. I just hope I can remember what I’ve read. Haha

I’m looking forward to the weekend. Fo’ sho. I’m going to do some mega spending for my apartment. Who doesn’t enjoy that?! I’ll try to post pics of my best finds!

I hope everyone is enjoying this last little bit of freedom! Anybody have fun plans?

Have a great week!

-Rach

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Meltdown Mode.

I’d started to head in to meltdown mode. My financial aid is all screwed up and of course not in a way as to be beneficial for me. The money I was counting on to pay my rent isn’t coming. I thought I had run out of options, but then I thought about a private student loan. CRISIS AVERTED! I was pre-approved by my loaning institution for the amount that I need. Now, I just have to wait for the school to ‘certify’ the loan. Well, that news lead to me freaking out that they would find some reason to deny my loan. In the midst of my panic, I emailed financial aid and explained my situation. The reply I received brought with it some relief. Apparently, they only certify alternative loans once a week and then it will take a couple of weeks to get the money from my loaning institution. The email was so nonchalant. It sounds like it’s no big deal and that I will be approved with no questions. Fingers crossed that’s exactly what that means. BTW- Does anyone else have this much trouble with FinAid? I swear, if it’s not one thing with them, it’s another!

I actually started working on my reading assignments yesterday. WOW. I have forgotten how hard it is to get back into the swing of sitting down and reading for a couple of hours everyday. Slowly but surely, I’m getting into gear. It’s so hard to not just forget about school during my last 2 weeks of freedom! By the way, let’s see where the official countdown is *Flips to Dashboard*: 1 week and 4 days. Hopefully, during this 1 week and 4 days, I can start organizing for the move, finish up the reading, get my shoes in, pick up my uniform, and actually start the moving process. ARG. When I write it all out, it looks more overwhelming than when I just think about it. 😐

I hope that everyone has had/is having a great Hump Day! Only 2 days until the weekend!

-Rach

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Thank God for Answered Prayers!

GOOD NEWS! I got approved for an apartment! YESSS! No more hour and fifteen minute commute through rain, snow, sleet, hail, high winds, sheets of ice, and high water! Think I’m kidding? Look at this…

 

It took me over 2 hours to get to school on this particular day.

I can’t even begin accurately express my feelings about this situation! I’m SO relieved! Thank you to anyone who might have been sending prayers and thoughts my way! 🙂 And, even though I’m thrilled about the end result, I have to admit that I absolutely hate moving. HATE IT. No matter how hard I try to stay organized, it never works. It makes me feel like a failure at life. Ok, maybe not that bad…but I really hate being disorganized! I also hate the fact that no matter how hard I try to have a ‘cutesy’ living space, it just looks like a Freshman dorm room. Plain, empty, boring, and usually dirty. BLAH. I’m going to try really hard to stay on top of the cleaning. LOL

Moving on, today has been pretty busy. My mother’s poor dog had to have her tail amputated today and my doggie had to get his shots. 😦 Needless to say, there was a lot of doggie pampering going on at my house today. Good thing I love them that much! 😛 I know it’s no excuse for posting so late, but I’m using it anyway. Any complaints can be forwarded to my doggies. Good luck! 😀

On a more geeky note, I downloaded a new widget about a week ago. (Yes, I’m an Apple fan. I love my MacBook Pro!) It’s a countdown that sits in my dashboard. The official countdown is at…drum roll, please…2 weeks and 4 days! I have shamelessly neglected the reading that I should have  been doing because I’ve been preoccupied with this apartment business. Now that ends are starting to meet, I have got to get crackin’! Time is starting to slip by! Anyone else starting to get nervous? The anxiety and ‘not knowing’ is KILLING me!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last little bit of freedom before the crazy semester begins. Anyone have any big plans before school starts? I wish I did! But hopefully, I can just live vicariously through some of you! Hang in there, it’s almost the weekend!

-Rach

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The Mad Dash!

I’m in a predicament. School starts in 2 weeks and 6 days and I have no place to live. I currently live about an 1 hour and 15 minutes (give or take a few) from the University. Last semester I drove that twice a week. It SUCKED. All I could think about was what I could have been doing with the time that I spent driving. (Those thoughts usually involved using that extra time to sleep. LOL) Now that I have my financial situation straightened out, I finally have a budget. I spent the day look for an apartment. BLAH. I didn’t have a whole lot of luck. I do have two promising leads, and actually put in an application at one. *Fingers Crossed* I REALLY need something to workout! Do any of you all live on campus? Or in an apartment? Just curious…

Like I said, the countdown is at 2 weeks and 6 days. WOOHOO! Not much time left! (…That reminds me…I really need to get started on that reading! :|) I’m starting to grow sad that Summer is coming to an end. I’m really going to miss all of the time that I’ve gotten to spend with my fiancé. I know it’s going to be rough trying to get back on to a school schedule.

I’d also like to apologize about my lack of posting. I spent the weekend dealing with family drama and chillin’ on a ‘mini-vacay’ with the boy. It’s really no excuse. I know. 😦 But rest assured, regular posting will resume!

I hope everyone got a great start to the week!

-Rach

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Reading, Reading, and More Reading.

The wait is over. All but one of my books came in the mail today. (Thank you, Chegg!) HOLY CRAP. They are HUGE. Man, this semester already feels like it’s going to be rough. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited, but I’m starting to feel a little uneasy. 😐

Here is an updated picture of my massive book mound:

Bye, bye social life!

I also got a really nice gift from Chegg. They sent me a really cool set of CDs that provide visual reference for an entire full body assessment. SWEET! I’m a visual leaner, so that was a very nice and welcomed surprise!

On another note, it’s Hump Day! I hope everyone is having a good week! I’m going to dive into a little bit of this reading. I really need to get back into the swing of this school business. LOL

-Rach

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SLOW, Nursing Books at Play!

I added the new page, School Schedule, to the blog thanks to some inspiration from Gertie. I’m not a creative individual by any stretch of the imagination, so I do a lot of studying and research to spark ideas for the blog. I really enjoy all of the comments I’ve been getting. They definitely help get the creative juices flowing!

3 weeks and 5 days left in the countdown and things are slowing down, for now anyway. I have everything ordered, paid for, picked up, and sorted out for the upcoming semester. I think. HAHA Now, I’m just waiting around for my books to show up in the mail so that I can get started on all that wonderful reading I need to do. I ended up spending about $357 dollars on books. That’s about $150 more than I originally thought. Stupid Patho book.

Here are the books I have so far:

I have 4 more on the way! All of this for 3 classes. Just 3.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m starving, so I’m going to make like a baby and get out of the mother! 😀

-Rach

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It’s Official!

(Wow. Check out those uniforms!)

At least I feel like it’s officially, official! LOL It’s been a very productive day today in the world of preparing for nursing school. The uniforms are ordered and paid for, I’ll be ordering my books after this post, and I picked up my spiffy new name tag! After a day full of discussion about nursing school, reality has finally hit me. I’m going to nursing school! This is really happening! I’m just…elated! I’m so ready for the semester to get here already!

Plans were successful as far as hanging out with my friends goes. I’m so glad that my two closest friends in the program are the people that they are! It’s so refreshing to have friends who actually focus on their studies, carry on intelligent conversations, and over all have fun attitudes about life. It’s nice to know that you’ve got someone by your side who actually cares. 🙂 After sizing and ordering our uniforms today, we went out to eat. Good times were had by all, and I was sad to leave. At least there isn’t much time left until we are reunited full-time!

At this point in the countdown, which is 4 weeks exactly, my excitement outweighs my fear. That’s great, but there is still plenty of time for that to change! How are your countdowns going? Are you all feeling pretty confident? I hope no one is stressing too much already! I’m going to try to really enjoy this week and weekend, but next week I’m going to seriously try hard to hit the books and start refreshing that ol’ memory of mine ! 😀

I hope everyone has kicked this week off right!

 

-Rach

 

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