What’s Up With Mel?


I think it’s safe to say that college is rough and has been a heavy influence in my distractions from writing. It is a good thing, because I became more focused on my grades, even more-so when classes were ending. On that note, here I am back to writing.


It’s been awhile, so here’s what’s been up:

This past month, I managed to maintain my college gpa, graduated with my AA in Nursing, endured a 4 hour car ride right after graduating (not even kidding, it was that same night; we arrived at like 1 AM) , was a bridesmaid in George’s sister’s (Sarah) wedding, and endured a 3.5 hour drive back home with a rain shower of lovebugs on the interstate (to say the least, it took a whole hour to clean them all off).

During our mini vacation before summer classes begin, George and I stayed at his parents’ lovely home, along with their 2 dogs, our 2 dogs, and Sarah’s dog. On our last night there, George and Sarah’s brother dropped off his dog before he went on a trip with his friends to Seattle. In total, we stayed with 6 dogs. Who could’ve guessed we’re all dog lovers?

BTW, the wedding was wonderful and I am glad that I was a part of it. To set the scene, it was on a lovely property of land on a peninsula, overlooking the water. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, outdoors of course. There was a small gathering of close friends and family of Sarah and Brian. The reception was literally down the street from their parents’ house, also outdoors and overlooking the water. The food was delicious and everyone had plenty of drinks to go around. Many of the friends and family members danced the night away as they were drunk, laughing, and having a grand time. It was truly a night to remember and everyone is happy for Sarah and Brian to spend the rest of their lives together as a married couple. I think everyone can agree they were meant to be.

Plans & Goals

Now that everyone is back home and off doing their normal daily things, I don’t think I’m ready just yet to begin classes again so soon. It’s been barely a week of pure relaxation for me and a couple others I know. Just to let you know, even though I now have my AA in Nursing, I am still missing 2 of my prerequisites needed to apply to any Nursing school, which is why I am spending the rest of this summer taking additional classes apart from my AA. I was among many college students who change their majors (multiple times), so I used up a lot of my credits and became eligible to graduate with my AA and still have prerequisites left that were not required for graduating. It might sound a little confusing, but just know that I am slowly getting to my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Part of that goal includes taking additional classes for becoming BLS/CPR certified, (hopefully, but not required to becoming CNA certified), studying and preparing to take the TEAS Exam, and lastly, applying to multiple Nursing Schools in Florida. Another part of my goal is to decide if we want to stay in Gainesville or move closer to George’s parents and apply to those schools accordingly. As far as which Nursing degree I’m going for, my goal is to go straight for the BSN, but if none of the Nursing school accept me for that program, I’m going for the ADN, and if the same thing happens, I’m going for the LPN. I can still become an RN off the bat with the ADN, but if that’s what I end up with, I plan to go back to school to do an RN-BSN bridge program. If I end up going with the LPN route, I would be a Licensed Practical Nurse, which is a step below RN. I can also do a bridge program to becoming an RN with a BSN later on, but LPNs get paid less than RNs with an ADN. RNs with a BSN make the most out of the 3 and they kind of control more in that field with that degree. This might also be a little confusing, but again, just know that my ultimate goal is to become an RN with a BSN degree.

I’m only 20 and things like these take time. I’m not afraid of the journey because I know in the end, I will get there (and I will still be young). Side note: I turn 21 this November, so I’m excited for that!


Post-graduation

As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What are your short-term and long-term goals? Have you ever been a part of a wedding? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel

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Something I Always Think, “What If …” About


If you’ve been following up with my blog posts, you’ll know that I have decided to start a 30 day writing challenge (challenge provided at the bottom of this post). This is the eleventh post of the 30 from that challenge, all in hopes to get me back into my writing. Wish me luck!


Day 11: Something you always think, “What if …” about

To this day, I wonder what life would be like if my family never moved to New York, or ever the United States before my parents met each other. Or, if we never moved to Florida when I was about 8 years old. Or, if I never went to a private high school. Those are my main 3 “what if” scenarios.

If my family never moved to this country, I probably wouldn’t have even been born, since my parents met after they both moved to New York. But, if they did meet each other and stayed in the Dominican Republic, I would be way more fluent in Spanish. I would have never met my friends or boyfriend :(. I would have had braces, since my family that lives there are dentists. I would just have a completely different life/lifestyle.

If we never moved to Florida when I was younger, I again would never have met my friends or boyfriend, which is sad. I would be more in touch with my family in New York, but less in touch with my family in Florida. We probably would have had to move to a lot more houses in New York, since rent was so expensive and that was the reason we left. This means that I wouldn’t have many long-lasting friends if we moved across school zones. My sister and I would probably not have as much materialistic things growing up, since it can get expensive. I think it would also be a completely different life than how I grew up in Florida.

If I never went to a private high school, I probably would have had more friends, because most of my friends in the public middle school that I went to also went to most of the big high schools in that area. When I went to the private high school, I knew about 3 or 4 kids, those of which I never have even talked to. As a shy child, I did not make many friends, especially since it was a completely new environment. Everyone acted so different there and I didn’t like it. It was a small school, so everyone knew everything about each other and everyone was basically friends in their own friend groups, for the most part. But after I found my friend group, we pretty much stayed with each other until we graduated and went our separate ways. If I went to a public high school, I think I would’ve mostly hung out with my old friends. It probably would have influenced my decision for my career and college choice differently, as well.



As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What do you always think, “What if …” about? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel

Something I Feel Strongly About


If you’ve been following up with my blog posts, you’ll know that I have decided to start a 30 day writing challenge (challenge provided at the bottom of this post). This is the tenth post of the 30 from that challenge, all in hopes to get me back into my writing. Wish me luck!


Day 10: Write about something for which you feel strongly

One of the things I feel strongly about is mental health. As a college student, I know how bad things can get. Life can be extremely stressful with the workload teachers expect students to complete, on top of studying for the multitude of exams that seem to all be around the same week each time, little sleep, working lots of hours, and life at home. We all have to pay bills, eat food, and if you drive, pay for gas. Everything can easily fall down a slipper slope. Mental health plays a major role into how you control yourself during these tough times.

I think that if you’re dealing with all these things that are giving you so much stress, you need to have your own “me time” to give you that break you need to calm your nerves and not think about anything. This time is essential for your mental health and sanity. You could de-stress by taking a long bath, listening to calming music, napping, binge-watching tv shows, treating yourself to a nice meal, watching the sunset/sunrise, writing, reading a book, spending time with your significant other, or by hanging/going out with your friends.



As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What do you always think, “What if …” about? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel

Words of Wisdom That Speak to Me


If you’ve been following up with my blog posts, you’ll know that I have decided to start a 30 day writing challenge (challenge provided at the bottom of this post). This is the ninth post of the 30 from that challenge, all in hopes to get me back into my writing. Wish me luck!


Day 9: Post Some Words of Wisdom That Speak to You

So, for this one, I don’t necessarily have the exact wording for some advice I’ve had along college. It goes something like this;

Whatever happens, no matter what, you will still be okay.

I have to admit, there have been some tough times throughout the years I’ve been in college. These words are ones that have relieved me of stress for personal and physical failure. They keep me sane even to this day for when I have a lower score on a test than desired or for thinking about the inevitable future. I know that I can always have a fallback on whatever I plan to do. Life is just a road of many twists and turns. This is exactly what these words mean to me; that I just have to keep going, no matter what happens, I will get there eventually.



As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What do you always think, “What if …” about? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel

Something That I Struggle With


If you’ve been following up with my blog posts, you’ll know that I have decided to start a 30 day writing challenge (challenge provided at the bottom of this post). This is the eighth post of the 30 from that challenge, all in hopes to get me back into my writing. Wish me luck!


Day 8: Share Something You Struggle With

So, what I thought of for this blog kind of involves two of my problems in one. I guess that’s a bonus??? But anyways, I think a lot of people can relate to this one. I love getting good grades and all but I am an excessive procrastinator. College kids ammirite? I feel like the spring semesters are way worse than fall semesters. Think of it like senoritis for high school seniors, but on steroids. Kids, you’re in for a real treat in college. Don’t get me wrong, college is good for getting your degrees and all that, but it’s physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally draining. Like, I don’t get how I lasted a 5 days a week with 7-8 classes a day for 4 years. I may be exaggerating a little, but there is a distinct difference in energy levels compared to then. This is no joke. Anyways, I still do my homework and study, but you can catch me finding ways to distract myself a lot of the times. I could be listening to a lecture and I’d be thinking about food and the next thing I know, I’m in the kitchen and I get distracted forever. This also kind of ties into binge-watching shows on Netflix or Hulu. I’m not as bad about this as I used to be, but I could literally spend all day watching a show if I wanted to. I just don’t take it that far anymore. Guilty.

Sharing all this makes me feel bad about myself. Procrastination and binge-watching are bad traits to have, to me, if they take too much of your time that it starts to affect other parts of your life. I need to not, lol.



As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What do you always think, “What if …” about? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel