As if school wasn't hard enough, my fantasy team decided to fall apart and we are only through 2 weeks! I know I'm the only guy blogger on here so I don't know if any of them can relate but if any of you have a fantasy football team you know my pain.
On the bright side I had my first clinical experience at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton this week. I was nervous heading into the day and not looking forward to waking up at 5 am to get there on time, but at the end of the shift it was all worth it. I had a great nurse to work with and really helped explain everything that was going on to me. It was a lot different then any of my experiences here at Reid so I enjoyed seeing how a different hospital works. Now I just have this careplan to worry about.... lol1 Comment
The first time I heard this song was during the movie Corky Romano. Corky is in trouble with the wrong crowd and his brothers come in and beat up the bad guys for him! Corky later gets rewarded for his (flase) efforts. It's a pretty funny movie (stupid humor) with Kris Katan. I've got it on VHS if anyone wants to borrow it.
ANYWHO, I figured this song could also apply to our VOLLEYBALL situation. IU East is now on the map. We are ranked 19th in the nation, but we think we can keep stepping forward. WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT! You can't deny a team who is undefeated. And we will not allow it. We have 3 tough matches coming up; 2 of them are Conference opponents. IWU is #10 in the nation (we play them Wednesday). If we come clean and remain undefeated, we will break the 19th spot.
We gotta stay steady, though. Come cheer us on!
SATURDAY @ Seton Catholic High School : 10am and 2pm
WEDNESDAY @ Seton Catholic High School : 7pm
Unless you live in a box you know this election is interesting to say the least. So many points have been made, some that could make a difference others not so much. I for one am not educated on politics as I should be, so when people bring up the current issues I tend to stay out of it. I mean who am I to say who is better if I honestly don't even know what each persons policies are?
In my nursing class we split into two sides ( I chose Obama) and from there we were to propose policies that related to health care and then each side would rebuddle or prove their point. If you have never been in a nursing classroom, let me give you a little back story...most nursing students are Type A personalities. Which means they like things their way and think they are always right for the most part Lol. I am a type A personality myself. So needless to say the debate got pretty nasty. Also the republican side of the classroom was upset that the teacher was leaning towards Obama.
I honestly was lost most of the debate because people would start talking about something and then go off on a tangent because they weren't entirely educated on the policy. I can't say that it wasn't fun watching people on each side get angry and preach their opinions...and then everyone in the room go quiet when an individual asked if the Republicans were complaining when they cashed in their stimulus checks.
If you are in to politics I hope you are educated in all aspects and really consider both sides. Every vote counts.
Ps: We conquered week 4, everyone ready for week 5???
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Have you ever been a part of something that was bigger than you—the individual? Being part of an athletic team is something I will NEVER regret. I come from a big, huge family. Being a part of something big is not something that is new to me. However, being part of a competitive team gives me such a rush! Let me try to break this down for you. Imagine this, you are ranked 24th in the nation. Sure, top 25 is something to be proud of, but you got some fighting to do. And you finally get your opportunity to shine! You get to play #7 in the nation. That’s right; you get the chance to prove to the nation that you are underrated. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. This task would be equivalent to an enormous project, 35 page paper, or a final exam for your senior capstone class. BUT, being part of a team, you get help. You are not in this alone. You get 13 of your best friends, your sisters, to accomplish this task.
Haha, you probably know by now. The IUE volleyball team is what I am referring to. We played #7 ranked Grand View and won in 5 sets. We came out on top with tons of energy and grabbed game one. Grand View is #7 for a reason, though—they smoked us game 2 and 3. What did we do? We broke down, we panicked. We played scared and a second late on everything. 4th game, we huddled up and shared some inspiring words. We stopped playing the blame game and pointing fingers and played TOGETHER; as a team.
“It takes 14 girls to win and it takes 14 girls to lose. We win and lose as a team. We need to come together"
We turned our game completely around. We SMOKED them in game 4. And in game 5, we kicked some major butt. I literally felt every single emotion that game. I was excited, anxious, worried, nervous, and so much more. It was a very emotional game. And as a senior, that game will stay with me throughout my life. CARPE DIEM: I wanted to seize the moment.
The Message: GET INVOLVED. It doesn’t have to be anything competitive, but just something you enjoy doing.No Comments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH476CxJxfg <--Story of my life.
I am sure each of you have had your own experiences with bad luck, but I feel as if my bad luck has been running high for about a month now. Today hopefully was rock bottom so I can only go up from here right?? Let me just tell you about this awful day and then you can decide for yourselves
Just a little background: I drive a 2000 Ford Explorer and I have been driving it for about four years now. it has over 180,000 miles on it and it gets meet from point A to point B and that is all that really matters.
I decided to make a couple repairs each month this summer, that way I could make my car last at least one more year. Because when I graduate this year the first thing I am buying is a new car! So over the summer I have probably put a total of $800 into fixing this beast and today I was finishing up the repairs which included: Two new front tires, alignment and an oil change. So I take my car into the place at 8:00am they finish all the work by 10:00am. I drive off the premises and almost make it back home when all of a sudden my power steering goes out and the car shuts off....in the MIDDLE of the street. I panicked Lol I called like five people and didn't know what to do, so I finally checked the oil and sure enough there was absolutely no oil in the car . I had to have my car towed back into the place and they fixed the oil "problem" but of course the engine is blown...so a bad situation turn worse. I am crossing my fingers that my luck will change here in the next couple of weeks *crosses fingers*.
On the bright side of things I have officially completed my first Critical Care clinical. I was soooo nervous when I got there and I really felt out of my element but with the help of an awesome nurse by the end of the day I definitely felt like a nurse. And it felt really good. So that wraps up week three of my senior year.
*Sigh* Let me stop complaining and get back to my homework. Have a great weekend peeps
Happy Wednesday! I woke-up early this morning (with some assistance from my mother) and am so proud of myself (and her resilient alarm tactics)! I’ve been an insomniac lately, mostly due to the fact that my time-management skills are sub-par, as of late (mostly due to SVU re-runs, twitter, Instagram and tumblr), and also because this school year has started off with a bang, a BIG BANG full of homework problems, lab reports and STRESS. Now I will dedicate a blog to the transitory period I faced coming back from England, but to keep things light this blog, I’ll refrain from giving you all of the depressing, pity-party details and briefly touch-on the fact that the dial for England’s pace, in regards to everything, is turned WAY down in comparison to America’s. At uni in England, I had no homework or problems to solve, I read the assigned reading for class and went to the one-hour, weekly seminar where we discussed the reading openly. Then, I maybe had two, 1,500 word essays due throughout the term per class. There was little-to-no pressure and I was able to relax a bit. Coming back to America, I was given approximately 45 questions for Physics in the first week, more for Genetics then more for Zoology. Now, I completely understand that these fields require practice and that I chose this discipline to major in and that I’m not alone, in regards to stress, it was just jarring and overwhelming, maybe more so to me than others who have yet to experience the heaven that is independent study with no homework. I’ll admit that last night, after a horrible day of class, topped-off with a horrible Physics quiz that made me feel utterly inept, I had a good cry and phone call with my best friend who happens to help with Physics in the math center (thank you Lord!). After some reassurance, she was able to help me realize that everyone feels this way at some point and that with practice I’ll be able to jump right back into the sciences I feel I have forgotten. After thinking about how absolutely ridiculous I must seem crying over Physics, I pulled myself up and remembered how stupid I felt last year when I had no clue how to actually analyze what a historical text was saying or really think outside of the box when it came to anthropology. But I succeeded last year just as I will this year, but until that success truly seems possible, I’ll just remain thankful for the lessons I learned while abroad, my best friends who are always there to help me out, and my mother who will always be willing to get my butt out of bed! Till next time! Xx
My Mom! ^^^ Always helping me out!
PS- after another mini-cry sesh to my mother last night, she was very excited to lift my spirits and show me that our LIMITED EDITION HARRY POTTER DVD COLLECTION had come in the post! It has all of the DVDs, along with special features put charmingly together in a massive (heavy!) box with secret compartments! It was fun trying to find everything inside the box and even more fun knowing that I can use it but didn’t have to buy it! After finding out how much it was, my stomach hurt. I DEFINITELY don’t have that kind of money in my Gringott’s vault.
Well, hello there! Long time, no talk! How have you all been?! I’ve been doing well, but readjusting to American life was tougher than I had anticipated (more about that later)! Now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things at IUE. I had to put my science Thinking Cap back on as I was thrown right back into genomes, biospheres and vectors DAY ONE!! Phew! But before I burden you with all of my trivial complaints about school work, (in England I had zero (just exams) and could watch The Big Bang Theory all day…I MISS YOU SHELDON!!) I thought I’d do just a little introduction blog for those of you new to the IUE blogsphere!
- Last year I lived in Canterbury, England (I can rock a legitimate accent) for an entire school year (9 mos.). I blogged throughout the year, so if you haven’t already read those, you probably should, NOW. HAha…but, really. You can find them in the archives!
- I am currently a Junior-and-a-half at IUE majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. Studying abroad put me a bit behind so I now will be graduating in December of next year instead of May this year, as was previously planned. And although I was upset about that at first, what better reason to have a delay in graduation than living abroad for a year?
- I am active in the Honors club on campus (check it out!) and am the Honors representative this year, which I am very proud and excited to be!
- I am the youngest in my family and am the typical, spoiled baby girl. My parents are cooler than yours (really) and although my only sibling is 7 years older than me, I sometimes feel like I’M the big sister and am very protective over her. We’re on some Katniss/Primrose action, for real! Speaking of…
- I am a huge HUNGER GAMES fan! I even dressed-up for the premiere in England last year and got free candy! (You can watch my VLOG about it in the archives!) I also love HARRY POTTER (who doesn’t?) and got to go to Leavesden Studios in London last year with my parents to see the sets and props actually used in the movie?! PLUS, I’ve been to the Wizarding World in Florida. UH-mazing. You all need to go…tomorrow.
- Besides reading HP and THG I am also obsessed with any type of fashion magazine (and if you read last year, was very disappointed in England’s fashion mags since I never knew who was on the cover, although I prefer England’s fashion over America’s any day!!)! OK, sooo I really like every aspect of fashion and flood my tumblr and Instagram with every fashion blog I can find. CANNOT. GET. ENOUGH. So don’t be surprised if you see me on campus rocking the latest trends from NYFW FIERCE. And I’m a sneaker hoarder. Again, CANNOT. GET. ENOUGH.
- And finally, I miss England every single day. Deciding to study abroad was the best (and most unplanned) decision I have ever made and as trite as it may be, it was the best year of my life. I miss having a TopShop nearby and chocolate digestives at my disposal, but those are nothing compared to how much I miss the country and all of my dear friends
Movie: Bridesmaids, Dumb&Dumber
Music: BEYONCE(!!!) --> (I’ve been obsessed with her ever since I was 10. I used to write Beyonce on my papers in the 4th grade instead of my name. My teacher was cool with it. Mrs. Schmidt, I know you can vouch for me!) Frank Ocean, Odd Future, Flo Welch, The Low Anthem, John Mayer, The Runaways, Jay-Z (I got to see WatchTheThrone in London with my British sister, Lizzie! SO dope! I’m a white girl who can rap all of his raps. Don’t play with me with HOVA. YUP! *in Jay’s voice*)
TV: Big Bang, Project Runway, American Horror Story, Law & Order: SVU (but only when both Benson and Stabler participated)
So there’s some information you may or may not know about me! I am hoping you read and enjoy the blogs on iue.edu/blogs this year and that I may keep you entertained even though I’m not jet-setting across Europe! I’ll be putting a new blog out every Wednesday, so stay tuned and have a wonderful week!! xx
Hello all, we officially have two weeks of the semester in the books. If you are a nursing student that means that we have finished "Nursing Boot Camp" at least that is what I like to call it. Nursing Boot Camp consists of two weeks of orientations that are packed with both new and old information. Each day there is a new topic/task that we are learning and by the time the day ends your brain is filled. Overwhelming would be an understatement, but the whole point of these long days is to prepare us for our clinical experience which is very important! The big cresendo at the end of Nursing Boot Camp is the skills check off and the math test. A skills check off is where we are tested on everything that we have learned in those two weeks and previous semesters and you get two attempts to complete the skill. Needless to say check off day is a nursing students D-Day Lol. Just yesterday I completed my check off and I am impatiently waiting for them to tell me whether or not I have to redo a certain section, fingers crossed that I passed everything on the first try :/
But enough about school..I am stressed all over again just thinking about it! In other news as I do every semester I have to promote my all time favorite R&B singer. The absolutely amazing Trey Songz. His new album came out on August 21rst, and you best believe I went and purchased his album that day!!! I am a dedicated Trey Songz fan and I have everyone of his cds. Crazy? maybe but have you seen Trey Songz?! Lol I can't wait to see him in concert at some point.
http://theurbandaily.com/1928222/tracklist-trey-songz-chapter-v/ <------Here is a link to the tracklist for this cd (You should listen up)!!
Have an amazing weekend peeps