Hard to believe I started my last semester of college today! While it has felt like forever since I've been in school (although this is my 5th year), looking back, the time has somewhat flown. It felt different today starting my last semester of nursing school. It's almost as if the teachers are ready to push you out of the nest and say "Fly!" While this is what they have taught and prepared us for, it is somewhat scary to think that in May I will graduate and shortly after I will take my exam and be a real nurse. I know I will have a lot to learn just as everyone does when they start out, but it's exciting to think that everything I've worked for is coming to an end/but really only beginning! 
My life for the next 4 months! 


So in the last semester of nursing school, you get to request a practicum and throughout the semester during a designated month, you have to complete 72 hours with your preceptor. I found out today that I am going to placed in the Trauma unit at Vanderbilt in the months of February and March, which I was extremely excited about as this was my first choice! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous considering this will be an extremely intense setting, however I am looking forward to improving my skills and learning tons!
This is my life.

Thinking back over the last 3 years that I have really been into nursing school, I have learned so much. The more  I think back to where I started, I realize how many life lessons I've learned since my time in nursing school. Even getting into nursing school was a lesson of trusting God's guidance and trusting him to work things out even though it seemed last minute and impossible. I've learned a lot about my heart, my passions, and my desire to help meet people at their lowest of places. While I may not have completely found my "nitch" in nursing yet, I realize that I have been given the opportunity to share and help others in a way that many people will never get to experience. I am excited as I continue forward this semester to grow and be challenged.
This is where I find myself today.

  While I had the first day of my semester today, I do not have homework yet (which I am not complaining about). Andrew has to work today, and my room mate is busy tonight, and with a lot of people still out of town, it was a quiet afternoon. I decided to pack up my stuff and my camera and come to my favorite coffee place- Edgehill Cafe. They opened a new one closer to my house and I couldn't be more thrilled. In coming here today, I have just had some time to think about everything. Of course my mind is never not racing, but I truly feel like piece by piece that the Lord is placing this next chapter of my life together. I am still so thankful that I am not experiencing anxiety as I was a few months ago and I still have to give God all the credit for His healing and faithfulness to me.

For the few quiet moments that I have before everything gets crazy, I wanted to take the time to truly thank God for giving me the opportunity to get such a great education, for the way He has blessed me since I've been at TNU, and for the way He is fulfilling His promises in my life.

I only pray that I will be a nurse that isn't only concerned with the "work" part of things but instead to be intentional about caring for people. I never thought I would end up taking this path for my life, but I am thankful for the opportunity and for the way God is continually softening my heart to things I never thought I would like. 4 months from tomorrow I will walk across the stage and receive my diploma. That's crazy how fast it is coming, but for the last 120 days or so that I have in school, I pray that I will be a light in a dark world, that I will give my best, and that I will continue to follow the plan God has for me.




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  1. It has been one crazy journey through different colleges and PR and everything college brings. You have become such an inspiring, strong, beautiful woman. I am so blessed that you have allowed me to be apart of every season of your life. Although it hasnt always been a smooth ride and we have had some bumps on the road, these are the things that make a friendship stronger. You have learned so much through every chapter of your life and you are MORE then ready for what the Lord has in store for you. We always say.. "The waiting game" is always hard but good things come to those who wait. I love you. I am so proud of you.
    Nats

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