Tuesday, January 18, 2011

6 days

Six days left and I'm slowly losing my mind.  I'm so very nervous for my first day of school and yet I don't know where to start from knowing how to label my 3 ring binders and folders or what I'm going to wear for my first day of school (we have a group photo and I don't want to look like a fool in 2-1/2 years when I look back on that VIP picture of when I started).  Do I pack a lunch or not?  Do I wait to study until the first full week is over or get up on it right away?  Uggh, what to do, what to do?  Do I wear my hair up or down, make up on yes or no? 
I'll find out more tomorrow after my second of two orientations and then maybe I can ask someone what to expect this first week.  I'll keep you all posted on what I find out tomorrow.
Does anyone have any last few pieces of advice before I really start this serious adult choice of a career?


  1. Don't worry, we all look bad in old photos so dress/apply makeup/hairdo as you feel in the am, and don't feel badly if everyone else is different - just act confident that THIS is the way you roll. Most people are thinking about how goofy THEY look and don't even notice any faux pas - if that's what they are...but I don't believe they are.
    Read the table of contents (and sub contents) just to see what it's all about, anything more at this point is a little overboard. Labelling? It might be just me, but I would just throw in a sharpie and tabs - 10 years from now you will be throwing all this stuff out anyway.
    I am a lunch packing person: something that doesn't need refrigeration, something easy, yet looks like it's all planned out and fabulous. No mayo or yogurt - stick to the snacky type good stuff - salt and sweet. Then take along a couple bucks just in case you go to a cafeteria/bistro for lunch with the gang.

    I am thinking more along the lines of what i do at work...so maybe it doesn't apply, but it will make you appear confident and prepared.

    Above all - relax and have fun. It won't make it seem so bad when you are in it!
    Good luck! :)

  2. Take notes.
    Read shit way ahead of time.
    ...and buckle up.


    You'll do great.
    No pressure.

  3. You will find your rhythm between school, kids and family.

    I loved school and still do, keep focused you are doing this for yourself and your kids and don't worry about the hair.

    I remember we could always tell the adult learners from the fresh or nearly fresh out of high school people. The adults were worried about balancing work, home life and school, while the others were worried about having a bad hair day.

    I don't mean to stereotype everybody into these two categories because some of my best friends over the years and some of the most dedicated students were also those right out of high school.

  4. CC and NPO, my mom purchased some makeup for me from a website called wwww.christinacosmetics.com and it's a mineral makeup that supposedly you can brush on within a couple of minutes. Between that quick application and throwing my hair up in a ponytail, I think I've got it made as far as what to do about appearances. Thanks for you words of wisdom ladies.
    Callie, thanks again for the reminder about taking notes and reading ahead of time and buckling up. I'll do my best, I just hate not knowing what to expect until after the first week and even then do I really know what I'm getting myself into?

  5. Pack a lunch!!! Nursing school is a guaranteed weight gain program for a lot of people unless you plan for it. You will be so swamped that you will never think you have time to pack a lunch. My advice - make time :)