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Currently my cohort is enjoying a bit of time off school. After a busy semester with five full-time courses and a clinical rotation, it is much deserved! I am spending my time off traveling to Vancouver and Red Deer to visit friends and family, and picking up some more shifts at Penticton Regional Hospital where I work. During breaks from school, I have much more time to dedicate to work and my social life. However, obtaining a post-secondary education requires that you use your time wisely and know how and what to prioritize! This is where work, school, and life balance becomes important.
As a child, I always dreamed of working in healthcare. I knew from the start that this would require commitment and hard work… Does it ever! The passion I have for my studies is what propels me to be the best student I can be; but sometimes, such dedication to my studies can get in the way of my other priorities. During this educational journey, I have often gone days without spending time with friends or family. When this happens, I remind myself that school is not everything in life; a healthy balance between my family, friends, school, and work is what makes my life complete.
School is not meant to be easy. It is a challenge that tests your intelligence, your passion, and your dedication. It is sometimes overwhelming; I think this is a natural feeling that every full-time student experiences from time-to-time. It is important to “check yourself” every once in a while, to make sure you are on the right track; the track you want to be on. When I become too stressed or anxious over my studies, I go for a run or to the gym to burn off some steam! When I isolate myself too much, without lifting my head from my books for days, I make plans with friends and family. And when I feel I have the time, I pick up shifts at work. By creating a balance for myself, combining all the things I love and prioritizing them, I am rewarded with a happy and fulfilled life.
The chaos and intensity of a post-secondary education won’t last in my life forever; but for now, it is something I value, because I know how far in life it will take me. Everything that I place merit on in my life is what I aim to prioritize. Family, friends, work, school, exercise, healthy living… and so much more! This journey is a gift that not everyone can take advantage of, and for that I am grateful.
By using your time wisely and placing your energy where it needs to be, you can go far! Education is invaluable and any educational advancement is never a wasted opportunity. I always try to remember that my family, friends, and my jobs have all impacted my desire to become a psychiatric nurse. And that’s why I make sure to balance all my priorities!