Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Worst Summer

With my classmate and friend, Haesook
I am always busy and that is the main reason why I do not have time to write and to update my blog.  This summer, I will say that it was the worst summer I had in my life.  Because of that, I do not have the plan of repeating it again. To share it with you, I took three heavy subjects this summer namely Pathophysiology, Foundations for Nursing, and Health Assessment for Nursing.  I knew I got heavy loads in my hands but I do not have an Idea how hard it will be as I carry the loads to the finish line. My professors and some of the school staffs told me that I had to brace myself because it is something I had to prepare mentally and physically.  I did not take their warnings seriously, I thought I can do it easily.  Now, the school started and the first three weeks went well.  That means, I was able to cope up with the assignments and got good grades in quizzes.  However, after that, stress went up from 10% to 40%.  I started to realize how small the time I had to squeeze three heavy subjects in my hands.  I was nervous everyday expecting that I will fail one if not two of those subjects.  The summer time was not enough for me to read and study like the way I always did.  It was hard.  Literally, many times I helplessly pass the day nervously knowing that I could get a failing grade because I can’t do anything about it.  I did not have enough time.  All of the subjects need time in reading and in understanding as well.  It was not just reading and memorization and you’re done, it was harder than that.  So, I made an adjustment in my study habits because I did not like the feeling of being stressed and nervous all the time.  What I did was I added more reading time until midnight most of the days and because of that, I lost 8 pounds.  Of course I had other major responsibilities other than my schooling such as work and taking care of my family.  I have a 3 year old daughter named Madilynn and she’s the main source of my inspiration.  Most of the times, I stayed in school to read until it was dark and late, fortunately, I was able to meet new friends, the cleaning ladies.  They were from Asia as well so sometimes, we find time to chat for a little bit and exchange foods.  The worst experience I had was in the end of the summer school when the final examinations of my three subjects including the two laboratories fall within one week.  Here, my stress level was probably 98%. My head felt it will going to explode.  It was bad, really bad.  I’m glad it was over and I proudly say that I passed all the three subjects.  My professors and the other staffs celebrated with me.  It was a relief.

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