Growing Up — August 18, 2015

Growing Up

Hey everyone,

Even though I’m 23 and live on my own with my fiance I still don’t think of myself as a grown up completely. I still need my dad to cosign for my car, I have a ton of debt, I’m still in school for goodness sake! Recently, I’ve been thinking about the future and it hit me…I’m ready to be an adult.

I currently rent my apartment with my fiance and we’re doing okay for ourselves. A friend of mine shared a link on Facebook for a house listing. I clicked on it out of curiosity and realized that I would do anything to be able to buy that house. Not only was it gorgeous, but it would give me a sense of stability in my location.

I moved out of my parents house when I was 18. Since then I’ve moved 3 times in 5 years. All the moves have been to apartments and there has always been a reason for the move..transferring schools, rent cost, unsafe neighborhood. Looking at that house listing I knew that I was ready to move one last time and be in a forever home. Sure, it’s not our plan to stay in this state forever but for now it’s how it had to be. I would love to be able to pick out paint, plant a garden, and have pets. It’s just not possible right now.

We need to save for the wedding. We just renewed our lease for another year. It’s just not the right time to buy a home but it doesn’t stop me from wanting it. I’m ready for our little family of 2 to grow (don’t tell tyler I want a baby haha). I guess all this just means I’m growing up and moving on to a new stage in life.

Until my next post…

Last Firsts — August 10, 2015

Last Firsts

Hey everyone,

Starting another ramble because I have some stuff on my mind. In just two weeks I’m going to be having my last first day if school…most likely forever. Sure I’ll have my last first day of spring semester but something about the fall semester really makes it feel like the first day of school. Now I’m not really sad about it being the last first day of college because I’m so excited to graduate and be done. I think it’s more so I’m starting to realize how many “lasts” I’m going to have through the rest of my life. Let me just name a few…

My last anniversary with my fiancee before we get married. Yes, we’ll still have an anniversary every year but it’s not going to be the same dste. This exact date next year will be our last anniversary in august. 7 years of celebrating august 10th will be the end. That’s crazy since it’s been such a monumental date for us.

My last day as working as a nursing assistant. Now this day can’t come soon enough. I look forward to leaving this job behind me and having RN next to my name.

My last time walking through USJ. In a few short months I’ll be graduating and the school that made me the person I am today will be part of the past. I’ll miss searching for parking, climbing the insane amount of staira, and the memories I’ll be leaving behind. I won’t miss our scrubs…let me just throw that out there.

My last day with my original last name. This is something I’ve been looking forward to since we got engaged and I’m so excited for the change but it does make me a little teary eyed. Boy, September 17th of next year can’t come soon enough.

That’s just a few of my upcoming lasts that I was thinking about today. The future is bright for me and my family and I’m excited to see where it takes us. I also want to say happy 6 year anniversary to my best friend Tyler. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without you. Love you to the moon and back 😚

I guess that’s it for now. Back to watching america’s next top model!

My Nursing School Story — August 6, 2015

My Nursing School Story

Hey everyone!

I figured I would keep up with the get to know me section with my nursing school story. Like I said in my first post, I didn’t take the traditional 4 year route even though that was my original plan. Let’s start from the beginning though…

I graduated high school in 2010 knowing that I wanted to go into nursing school right from the get go. I was accepted into Uconn but not for nursing. My assigned advisor said that if I did 2 years working on my prerequisites I would be accepted into the program. I took his word for it and went to uconn right out of high school. I was completting the courses I had to and in the spring of 2011 I applied into the nursing program. I got a letter in the mail telling me I was not accepted because of lack of open seats in the class. I was heart broken but once again listened to my advisor who told me to do one more year and then reapply. Since he was supposed to be my go to person who I can trust with all decisions regarding my education I chose to listen to him. I did another year of core classes and once again applied. Just like the first time I was rejected because of the lack of seats available.

At this point I was beyond discouraged and had lost hope in my chances of getting into my dream nursing program. I ignored everything my advisor told me after my second rejection. He clearly didn’t have a clue what was going on and didn’t have my best interest in mind. I started applying to other nursing programs with hopes that I hadn’t wasted two years of my life to not get in somewhere.

I got a phone call from the transfer advisor at USJ saying that I had been accepted into their nursing program!! I was so thrilled that it didn’t even phase me when she said I would be in the 4 year course and graduating in 2016. It took me a while to calm down and process what she had said. Did I really want to start over again after 2 years of hard work?  In the end I chose to accept the offer to be in he nursing program at USJ and honestly I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I have loved every second of my time at this school and I truly believe it is the perfect fit for me. I’ve made some great friends who have been with me through it all.

I have one more year left of nursing school and will be graduating in May of 2016 and will have my RN BSN. It has been a long 6 years but it had all worked out for the best. I’ll admit, it was really difficult in 2014 to see most people I went to high school with graduating college knowing that I still had another 2 years to go. I was able to push past that and continue to do the best I can and succeed in one of the most difficult nursing programs in the state.

My advice for anyone going through a situation similar to this? Stick it out. It might be tough to see people your age graduating but I promise you you’re not the only o e in your situation. There are plenty of people who missed their opportunity the first time around and are now back at it. Keep your head up. No matter how long it takes you to get your degree just remember that it’ll be worth it. You’re doing some thing that not everyone can say they’re doing. Make the best of the situation and roll with the punches, it does get  better.

Until next time…