Friday, August 28

Nursing School Journey Log 2

Thank the Lord that Chemistry is over! I feel like I've been gypped. Honestly I really don't think Chemistry would have been that horrible. I was fascinated with the material... especially balancing equations. I could do those for fun... I guess I'm a nerd like that. But God bless my professor. Gee whiz.... I was extremely intimidated at first because I felt so clueless. It was supposed to be a basic intro to Chemistry class, but it was anything but basic. I wouldn't dare ask questions though because those who did got ridiculed & almost yelled at. ARGH! I felt a lot better when one girl (who is almost finished with her pre-requs) told me that his was the hardest & most ridiculous that she had taken. I ended up teaching myself out of the book & online. The frustrating thing is that the test contained material that was NEVER mentioned & no where to be found in the book. Thankfully though he graded on an extreme curve. (He had to or no one would have passed) I was in the top percentage which made me happy.... just left me feeling like I could have learned a lot more. I think I got the basics down & thankfully there isn't too much Chemistry involved in nursing... at least I don't think there is.

Now... on to better & more exciting subjects. This semester I'm taking Anatomy, Developmental Psychology, Sociology & College Success Skills. I started classes on Monday. I've been bouncing off the wall with excitement. Stephen burst my little bubble of happiness though when he reminded me the joy would soon wear off after a couple of weeks... gee, thanks babe. I just love school though. Something about taking notes, learning new things, making study note-cards (the picture above were my final Chem cards)... & school supplies.... ahhh, there's something about school supply shopping that puts a smile on my face... even if that means a trip to Wally World to get the best deals. 

My class schedule is Mon, Wed & Fridays 8-11am (College Success Skills will have me there until 12 during the 2nd 1/2 of the semester) & my sociology class is online. Although I could walk to one of the college campuses (there are 3 in Richmond... 3 for this particular college that is)... I'm taking all of my classes downtown, in the city. The times I wanted worked out better down there. It's exciting & I should get used to that campus anyway b/c all of my nursing courses will be down there. 

I got a full government grant & approval for a government student loan! That means all of my tuition & books are paid for in full & then some. Yippee! An old friend from school saw my blog & happened to have the anatomy book that I needed. She sent me a message on Facebook to let me know I could borrow it. We hooked up the the day for a play-date with the kids. It was so nice to see her & so nice of her to let me borrow the book... it saved me about $200. (if you're reading Amber... thanks again!!!

Stephen & I have decided that I am not going to work. My focus right now will be on YAM & keeping my GPA up (after all without a high GPA I won't be accepted into the nursing program & then it will all be for nothing anyway). Besides I can already tell this semester is going to be quite the load. Stephen has been 100% supportive & I'm grateful for that.

The girls start back Tuesday. I'm working on our schedule for the school year. Hopefully without the pregnant hormones, this years schedule will go better than last years... which ended in a bathroom meltdown. Boy, I do not miss being pregnant. I believe things will flow better this year. Since I'll be home I can get them directly from school (3:30p) which makes for a longer evening to get everything done.

I am comfortable with the pace of my life right now... which makes me happy! 

1 comment:

  1. Hey Lady,
    I forgot you were in nursing school. It sounds like things are going well. I too, enjoy all of the school supplies...the smell of fresh paper, crayons and pencils. I'm excited for you. I'm homeschooling both sweet girl and big boy we've made the trip to Wally World as well. LOL! You will make an awesome nurse! It makes a great difference when someone in that position actually cares about the patients.

    Waiting for this baby,
    Love ya!