When I started my college journey, I attended a two-year institution in the city. My major, medical assisting. I have always wanted to work in the medical field and my heart always told me, “be a nurse”. I love science and I love helping people. It’s an innate quality and I would be doing myself an injustice to ignore those ambitions. Above all, I naturally desire challenge and competition. My fiercest competitor is myself. So why on earth did I initially choose a medical assisting program? The stigma. We all hear it. “Nursing school is impossible” or “nursing school was the worst years of my life“. We hear the stories of straight A students failing or dropping out. We hear about 7am clinicals and questions with all right answers… but which answer is more right?
Making the Wrong Decisions
After going on a hiatus from school, I returned. This time I switched my major to business management. Business management is universal and the classes I completed helped strengthen me as a person and were invaluable. But business is not for me. I realized this after completing two quarters as a part-time student.
My Decision to Focus on the Positive
I had been so worried about how hard nursing school was that I didn’t even give it a chance. The stunning realization of having a passion and drive for what I am doing hit hard here recently. Reflecting on my academics, I noticed that I was excelling in my classes. Previously, I was just skating by and didn’t really care about my school performance. Now, I am excited for school and earn better grades than I ever had. I’ve realized I am engaged in the curriculum. These aren’t just classes, these are stepping-stones to project me to my ultimate goal, nursing. I even joined Phi Theta Kappa and was accepted as a student ambassador for my school. This all was a result of being happy. I want to get up and go to class rather than dreading it.
Focus on Your Strengths
Instead of fighting to make a well-rounded person, which is what I was attempting with the business major, we should be focusing on our strengths. If nursing is your passion, go for it! Do not let the stigma stand in your way. I oftentimes hear peers of mine who are pre- nursing students complain about starting the nursing program. This shocks me. Of course I still have my reserves and I am nervous but my excitement and joy outweigh that and push me forward. I cannot wait to start next semester and will focus on maintaining a positive outlook. Not only for myself, but for others who may also be teetering on the idea of nursing school. I never want anything I may say or do to push someone in a direction they may not have chosen otherwise.
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