It’s the very best time of the year…the start of a new semester! All those beautiful pristine notebook pages, the fresh pack of pens, the calendar that looks so promising with all that available space for study sessions and “to-do” items. Take a moment and just let it all sink in.
Your life, as you know it, is over. (Joking…sort of!)
If this is your first semester of nursing (or pre-nursing), then realize that these first couple of weeks are quite the adjustment period. I remember one of the biggest challenges my classmates had was just knowing what class to go to, when to go, where to go, and what supplies to bring. We had something like 7 different classes first semester, so it was a bit daunting. Luckily, I had my Mega Syllabus and Master Calendar to help me keep everything straight. Do you have yours???
If you are returning for another semester, then you might be less excited now that you know what you’re in for. How about I be excited enough for both of us? Maybe this is the semester when you finally get to see a baby born, or the clinical rotation in the ICU that you’ve been dying to do. Maybe you’re super into psych nursing and can’t wait to spend time connecting one-on-one with your clients…I’m sure there’s something to get excited about (even if it is just marking off the days to graduation.)
If I could choose just ONE piece of advice to give new nursing students…I’d say RELAX…put the competitiveness behind you and focus instead on collaboration. Sure, your drive to be el numero uno may have gotten you into the program, but collaboration and teamwork are what's going to get you through it. Click To TweetAnd, newsflash, this is what will help you the most when you’re out there on the job as well.
So with that…go forth and be awesome. Enjoy this next chapter in your life…and maybe reply in the comments and let me know what you’re excited about this semester!
Be safe out there!