Little sleep, lots of caffiene, and lots of stress to go with it – this is what college students typically have to look forward to during finals week. It is a stressful time of year, let’s be honest. All of your classes are coming to a close, and they hit you with exams covering all of the material you have learned during the whole semester in all of your classes, no big deal right? It is easy for us students to get wrapped up in all of the negatives that are associated with finals week, it is easy to let the stress overwhelm you, and it is easy to count the moments until the week is over. This year, I have a challenge for myself, for all of my fellow students, and for all of you reading this today, to re-think finals week and instead of focusing on the negatives, let’s see the glass as half full today.
Our finals week here at Walsh came right after our Thanksgiving break, and I think that this is a perfect set up for my new positive outlook on finals week. There are so many things to be thankful for, even in the midst of the hardest times in our lives. So here is my list of the top five things to be thankful for today.
5. I am thankful to be in school. There are so many people in this world that do not have the opportunity to futher their education in college, and I am one of the lucky few who do. Education is such a vital resource in this world, and I should remember to be thankful for every moment that I have to further my knowledge about the world and grow as a person and as a professional.
4. I am thankful to be so close to becoming a nurse. All of the hard work that we put in to our studies happens for a reason. Each one of us is hopefully studying to become something that we have always dreamed of being. I am thankful that I am going to become a nurse in just a few short months and become a part of the profession that I have come to know and love. It is a priviledge, I feel, to be able to wake up and go to work every day knowing that I am doing something that I am called to do and something that I love to do.
3. I am thankful for my family and friends, they are my rock. Even in the middle of some of the greatest stress in life, there is nothing like your greatest support system to remind you how lucky you are. I know for me, there is nothing like a text from my best friend Diana, from my boyfriend Kyle, or from my sister Abbi to make me feel so much better when I am feeling worried or stressed. My mom loves to cook, and is a wonderful cook at that, and there is nothing like a good home-cooked meal to heal almost any ailment. And then there is my dad, who always looks at the problems of the world rationally and calmly, in ways that I sometimes cannot; he is the best person to talk to when you need to work through a problem or an issue, and he is always a shoulder to lean on when I need it the most. It is always important for us to be thankful for those individuals in our lives that can make your day better just by being there.
2. I am thankful for the cup of coffee in my hand and the food in my stomach. First of all, I thank God every day for caffiene, because without it, I am pretty sure I would have never made it through nursing school. But, on a more serious note, I am thankful every day for the luxuries that I enjoy. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and that I never go hungry, because there are so many in this world that do not have a priviledge to enjoy such things. I am thankful every day for the situation I find myself in, and the resources I have available to me.
1. I am thankful for this second, in this moment, of this day. Sometimes I think, we forget to be thankful for the moment that we are living in. Take one breath in, and one breath out, and realize that right there, you have something to be thankful for. It is easy to stress about things that have already happened, and even to stress about things that are coming up in the future, but when all is said and done, all we are given is our life, one moment at a time.
Make the most of your one moment at a time today. Walk into your finals knowing that you are prepared, you are smart, you are capable, and you will succeed. Know that finals week is not the worst thing that has ever happened to you, rather, it is a stepping stone on your path to success.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something” – Randy Pausch