The 8* Week Countdown to Nursing School!

I can count…really! But upon looking at the calendar, I’m realizing it’s actually only 6 weeks left. I’m going to chalk it up to the fact that I’ve been writing this blog post in my head since 8 weeks before school starts. 

Holy, moly! My three weeks in Mexico flew by, as did the week following in NYC and Boston. I’m settling back into life at home, but only long enough to catch my breath. I jet off to MN/WI later this week to visit family and friends for what I am calling the “last hurrah” for a while. Although I want to be careful not to turn school into something bigger and more stressful than it needs to be, I’m also mindful of the fact that I will just not have the same ability to travel as I do now.

So, it’s down to 8 weeks. On my list of things:

  • Make a study review plan. I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I’ve taken most of my A&P classes. Some kidney physiology review would be a very good thing, indeed!
  • Finish all the immunization paperwork. Ugh. ‘Nuf said.
  • Apply for some loans. Or a lot of them, if you want to get specific.
  • Explore note-taking strategies. That would also be known as “convince B that getting an iPad is a good idea, even though I should have done my research before I bought the new MacAir.” Oops.
  • Continue my Couch to 5K mission. Some of the best advice I’ve gotten so far is to get a good solid routine of physical activity in place before classes start. I actually bought the app and it’s been great so far! Added incentive…there’s a steam room in the fitness center on campus. Yessss….post-run steams, FTW!
  • Read some more fun books. Also, re-read some of the things that inspired me to start down this path to begin with.
  • Purge. I’m gonna need more shelf space for books…but also, it’s what I do whenever I’m transitioning.
  • Enjoy the new patio furniture in our backyard. Preferably with an alcoholic beverage in hand and a book in the other.

And most important…

  • Breathe. Relax. Spend quality time with B. But also get in some good alone-time. I’ll be honest, this spring was a bit tough for me. The transition from pre-nursing student/doula to nursing student was a long six months, and I don’t do boredom well. I need a project, or five, at all times. But nursing school is going to be a different animal altogether and it’s important for me to have some reflection time, too. Big changes are afoot and if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a doula, it’s the importance of self-care.

Here’s to the final 8 weeks!


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