Thursday, August 3, 2017

Where I've Been

This summer has not been a typical summer around here. Normally the kids and I are crazy busy living it up and doing as many fun things as we possibly can. If the kids are excited to go back to school at the end of summer I feel as though I've failed my job. Summer should be both relaxing and fun and you should want it to last forever. This summer has not been like that.

In spring I began looking into going back to school. I ran around getting my transcripts from high school and my one year of college and sent them off to the local tech school. I met with advisers and counselors, updated my vaccinations, reviewed my medical records, and looked into classes. I went back and forth trying to decide if I should go into the LPN or RN program. It was pretty cute how interested Tommy was in the process. He asked me questions and helped me to work through the pros and cons of each program. Ultimately, I decided to go into the RN program at a local technical college. Nursing is something I've always wanted to do.  It is a decision that was met with not only excitement but extreme apprehension. 

As I was going through my transcripts I was brought back to high school and what a struggle school was for me. I had forgotten just how difficult it was until I saw my grades again. Knowing I had such a hard time the first time around I was very nervous to try schooling again. I know that as an adult I would be able to apply myself better than I had as a teenager but I still struggle with some of the same issues (dyslexia) that made school difficult for me in the first place. 

In order to even begin the prerequisite classes for nursing I had to first take a Chemistry class. That meant I had to take Chemistry in summer (a condensed 7 week class) so that I could begin my classes in fall without delay.  Chemistry had always been one of my biggest struggles. And not only did I have to pass the class but I had to get better than a C. Class was 4 hours a day, 3 times a week. And when I was done with class I would come home and study for another 3 hours or so. I studied for hours on my days off of school as well.

This little spot in my library became my study spot (and my praying spot). I would go in, pray, and then spread out all of my millions of papers and notebooks and textbooks and get to work. The kids were super supportive and tried their best to be quiet and entertain themselves so I could study. Each time I had a test the kids told me they were praying for me. They were so wonderful. And Todd was just as supportive and excited for me. 

The class was rough. A third of the people in my class were taking it for the 2nd time because they didn't pass the first time. I was told that only 10% of the students pass the first time. And apparently the summer course was even tougher because so much was crammed into such a short amount of time. Every time I would mention my Chemistry class to friends who are nurses they would tell me they had to take it twice and it was the hardest class they took for the nursing program (and they never used it as a nurse). Needless to say it gave me much anxiety.

All this to say that yesterday was my last day and final test. I got an A on the test and ended up getting an A in the class. Part of me still can't believe I pulled it off. I hadn't even told very many people that I was taking the class because I was so afraid that I would fail and then have to tell everyone I didn't make it. And here I not only passed but I did well. It has definitely given me more confidence for my upcoming fall classes. I am still apprehensive about making it through this 3 year program but I think I can do it. 

And it is amazing to me how everything happens for a reason. The first day of class I sat next to Jen. I was meant to sit next to Jen. We had very similar study styles, the same anxiety, and really helped each other through the class. When I was confused on something she would explain it for me and vice versa. We were also good stress relievers for each other. Yesterday after we both aced our final test (she got an A in the class as well- we may be the only two who got A's for the class) we went and celebrated with drinks and lunch. I am truly grateful for this lady.

So here we are in August already and it hasn't really felt like summer. Sure we've been able to do a few fun things this summer but no where near what we usually do. The kids have been awesome and haven't complained or even really noticed but I still feel guilty. My classes start in three weeks and I'm going to do everything possible to make the next three weeks fun for the kids. Hopefully we can really enjoy this time before we all start back to school.

I hope you are all well and enjoying summer. I've missed connecting with my bloggy friends and can't wait to read up on what you all have been up to.


Tabor said...

Congratulations. You learned a much bigger lesson than just chemistry and you made a good friend in the process!!!

Bijoux said...

I wondered where the heck you went! One of my best friends decided to get a BSN as a second career in her 40's and she LOVES it. My oldest daughter is also an RN and she has a great career. Congrats on doing so well in chemistry and good luck as you follow this path! I suppose this means your blogging days are probably over, but everything has a season and we understand! Keep in touch. XO

Kat said...

Tabor- Thank you! It definitely made me feel a little more confident going on to my other classes now. 😊

Kat said...

Bijoux- I will probably have to continue on to a BSN eventually but I have to take this one day at a time or I'll probably freak out. 😂
I think I will still be around blogging and checking up on you all. Honestly, the biggest reason I stayed away was because I really didn't want to tell anyone about it. I seriously didn't know if I would get through this class so I didn't want to mention it at all. If I didn't get a C in this class I couldn't move on to the prerequisite classes for the RN program. So relieved I made it. I was on the waiting list to get into nursing school when I was 19 but by the time I would have been called I had a really good job in banking so it never happened.

betty said...

LOL, I was just thinking about you today and thinking you were busy enjoying the summer with the kids. WAY TO GO on your achievement!! That is awesome with the A in a hard class with the time constraints of summer! And so awesome about going into nursing; a field that is in demand!! You'll be great at it!! Its neat too because you are setting a good example for the kids that you can go back to school and any age and do well with determination and hard work!! And how neat to find a friend in the process with Jen!

Now go and enjoy summer and making memories with those kids and hubby of yours!


chrissy said...

I'm so proud of you!!! I know you are going to be a great nurse. It is definitely more challenging to go back to school at this stage of life but in some ways it is easier than when you were younger because you are more mature and will take it more seriously. I had that schedule last summer, and really sucked. But you made it through, and you are doing it!! Good for you!!!

Kat said...

Thank you, Betty!

Kat said...

You are definitely an inspiration!!!
Thank you, Chrissy!

Anonymous said...

How exciting for you! And well done on the first round of coursework! I'm glad you found a buddy right away and that your family is being supportive of your efforts, too.

Kat said...

Thank you!!!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Okay! Looking back at what I've missed, your summer was not so restful. How wonderful that you are returning to school. I often think that if I went now, I'd learn so much more than I ever did when I did go. More grown up in my brain and habits. Congrats to you. Sounds like you've have a really good start. Enjoy!

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Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

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