5 Tips for College Students

I can’t believe that my first semester of nursing school is already over. I still remember showing up the first day and wondering who Florence Nightingale was and why everybody else knew who she was and I didn’t! Needless to say, I have learned a lot in the past 16 weeks.

My first semester of Nursing school was filled with highs, lows, and many lessons learned. Here are my 5 tips for college students beginning their programs!

  1. Don’t Stress Over Every Little Detail

    Courses like Pathophysiology are filled with crazy amounts of information that you’ll be expected to learn in a short period of time. We had 15 chapters to learn in the course of 2 weeks for one exam. It’s a lot, and if you stress over learning every single detail, you will drive yourself crazy! Learn the big things like the main cause of disease, symptoms, best diagnostic test, and preferred treatment, but don’t stress over tiny details.

  2. Find Positive People

    You’re going to be stressed. I’m not going to sugar coat it - nursing school is hard, but hanging around positive people makes a huge difference. If you’re around people who worry, stress, and complain about their classes constantly, it’s going to make you feel worse. Find people who are encouraging and excited about the program. Having a positive attitude about exams and classes makes life a lot easier and a little less stressful.

  3. Go Home When You Can

    I gained a whole new level of appreciation for being home since starting nursing school. At times there was nothing that I wanted more than to just be with my parents. Everyone at school is stressed over their classes, and sometimes you’ll just need a break from that. Being home just allows you to relax and exhale for a second. (and you need all the exhales you can get during nursing school, trust me!)

  4. Take Care of Yourself

    One of my professors told us early on, “You can’t take care of your patients if you don’t take care of yourself”. Getting adequate sleep, drinking water, eating nourishing food, spending time with the Lord, and taking occasional naps are all beneficial and necessary things I did throughout the semester. I made sure to get enough sleep, and if I didn’t I tried to take a nap during the day. I also made time to exercise at least 4 times a week, which was such a stress-reliever! And the hot tub - Drew and I went to the hot tub pretty often which was very relaxing!

  5. Say No

    You don’t have to do EVERYTHING people ask you to do. I made the mistake of saying “Yes” to things I knew I couldn’t handle in my schedule, and it added extra stress that I could have avoided. I also said “No” to some things I wish I could have done, but in the end it was a good decision, because I needed the time to study. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you a strong person who knows their limits.