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!
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,