Going’s On

1. Drawing: I’ve been working on my drawing. I’m still a very remedial artist LOL. But I want this to happen. I want to be able to draw my fashion creations. Having my own line of handbags is very important to me. It’s very important to be able to draw what you want to be made before you can send it off to be made. The people making it need a visual lol. I want to be able to draw out the creations that I come up with and I also want to learn how to use photoshop and illustrator. Right now my plan is to draw everyday and go slow and keep going no matter how frustrated I get. I do see that the slower I go the less frustrated that I get.

2. Nursing: Still doing pre-reqs. This semester was hard. My GPA took a MAJOR hit! I’ll be retaking the two classes I’ve done horrible in this semester past. I’ll be retaking one this semester and the other next semester but I’ll be taking three classes in all this semester: re-taking A&P I, Microbiology, and US History II AKA the GPA booster. Then I’ll be re-taking Chemistry the semester after this one coming up along with Statistics and any other classes that’ll boost my GPA. I’m also switching to a campus that is closer to my home so instead of an hour and eighteen minute commute, I’ll have a forty-five minute one by car but hopefully I’ll be having someone to at leas take me to school every morning and pick me up but if not both, I’ll hopefully have someone to at least take me to school in the mornings. Long commutes can be really hard on you. I’ve been doing the hour plus commute for almost two years now and I have to say it’s been dragging me down for A VERY LONG TIME. I love the campus that I’ve been studying on but the commute is a killer and it’s a bus stop on every corner, it ALWAYS crowded, the bus can break down and traffic be congested which makes that commute EVEN LONGER than the HOUR and 18 minutes (which I believe is more like 30 on average) it already is!! I also know that I will be spending more time at the library that is close to my home. I cannot study at my house. My father is a total pain in the ass who is always annoying me. But I do get distracted by my own stuff like surfing the net and reading everything but my textbooks. Anyway, here’s to a better Fall 2013!! I’m going to keep my head up and keep going.

3. Thinking about the future: ALWAYS! And always worrying about it.

The Secret: Gratitude

Right now I’m readingĀ The Secret. I have to say, so far I’m really liking it and it is inspiring me. I’m on a part of the book that talks about gratitude and how gratitude can change your life. I don’t think everyone has heard that before, though I’m sure a lot of people have, I’ve heard it before. My mother has always told me: “Be grateful!” (sometimes shouted it lol). It’s not something you really think about when you’re younger, but now that I’m older I am. I want to be grateful for what I have, less selfish, more giving. Rhonda and all of the teachers in The Secret say that you can’t get further in life, change your life, get more out of it and all of the things that you don’t have but want, if you’re not grateful for the things and people that you already have. So without further ado, here is a list of things that I’m grateful for, that I came up with this afternoon:

1. My mom

2. My health

3. Waking up this morning

4. The past 19, almost 20, years I’ve spent on Earth

5. My grandaddy (may he RIP)

6. My brother

7. My house

8. The food on my table

9. My dreams and ambitions

10. My college experiences so far and all of the amazing people I’ve met so far

11. Living in a democracy

12. Being free

13. Being ME!

I’m sure there are other things that I’m grateful for and I’ll be adding those things/people to my list. I want to start every morning saying what I’m grateful for. (It can be kind of hard as I’m SO NOT a morning person and so when I wake up I just want to be grouchy and complain LOL)

Needing My Own Bathroom = Musing over other Shit I’ve Got to Deal with!

I need my own bathroom!

This early morning, like other VERY, VERY, VERY early mornings before them, I ha and upset stomach and had to got to the bathroom so bad! (Use your imagination, that way I won’t have to get all TMI!) I get up to go and who else in the bathroom but my brother. He’s always in the bathroom, at the most inopportune time, and VERY, VERY, VERY few times is he urinating! Then to top it all off, he never turns on the fan!

My mom, my dad, my brother, and my grandmother moved into the home that we currently live in the summer before last (2011). It has a lot of space and though it’s not perfect, it’s pretty nice. But the thing is that I don’t think any of us (esp my mom) thought about all of the deal breakers in this house, like it only having two bathrooms. One bathroom is on the second floor and one bathroom is in the basement.

The bathroom upstairs seems to always be occupied by my brother. Though we have a second bathroom in the basement, it’s reserved for my grandmother. The rest of us, which now includes three foster children, cannot use the bathroom my grandmother uses b/c she can’t use the b

This whole situation then leads me to these other thoughts, conclusions, and feelings.

1. I’m annoyed that my my brother is always in the bathroom. = My mother needs to take him to a doctor AGAIN! She took him to a doctor when he was a lot younger to see if anything was wrong with him b/c he has always immediately pooped out everything that he eats. I do feel guilty when I yell or kick up a fuss about him being in the bathroom. I don’t like when people rush me out of the bathroom so I don’t want to have to do it to anyone else but then again it has to be acknowledged once again that I’m no the one always in the bathroom and then for a very long time.

2. Annoyance at my grandmother getting her own bathroom. = I’m annoyed that my grandmother gets her own bathroom AND because she can never make it to the bathroom or leaves a mess of sorts so I cannot use it AT ALL! This then sends my mind onto something that I don’t always want to acknowledge because it’s guilt inducing and I guess mean. But the fact is that I feel it anyway, so better to acknowledge it. I resent the fact that my grandmother lives with us. I know that’s mean and horrible & I’m probably a selfish (I do have selfish tendencies so it’s very possible and something I need to work on) person because of it, but there it is.

A couple of years ago my grandmother & three cousins came to live with us. This was when we still lived in our INCREDIBLY small house in WJ. It was a nightmare, everyone was on top of each other, someone was always yelling (my grandmother mostly), the boys didn’t want to follow the rules at all. At our new though, my grandmother is the only one that lives with us but even with just her I still feel like we got the short end of the stick. I hate that feeling! Everything changed when everyone who lived with my grandmother decided that they wanted to move and not care to take her with them. My mother was the one who paid the rent for the house she lived in and bought food. My mother was the one who took in my three cousins when she died of aids a couple years ago. My mother is now the one who has to take care of her everyday and no one in the family helps at all. Heck, no one in the family even calls her let alone comes to pick her up and take her out. Everything changed when she came to live with us, and though I’m not the biggest lover of change, I’m not completely adverse either. I just in no way like how during the high school years everything seemed to change for the worst.

3. My diet is pissing me the fuck off! = Though I’ve not been been eating huge quantities of food, the quality of what I’m eating is crap! It’s really pissing me off and I need some fresh food and lots of vegetables and lots of fruit. I’m trying to really get on track with that. I can’t wait for winter to be officially over and for the Farmer’s Market to open. I can’t wait to get a job so that I can pay for my own trips to Whole Foods. I know how to do the right thing. Then there’s the fact that I think my stomach is naturally sensitive to a lot of things now that I’m older (good Lord! that makes me sound old! For the love of God, I’m only 19!). But the fact is that my stomach has a love hate relationship with a lot of foods. One day I can eat a hamburger, simple hamburger that’s most turkey these days, and it’s like my stomach has gone to heaven. The next day if I try to have one my stomach says fuck this LOL. The same for other foods. Of course, I’m completely lactose intolerant. I can’t even eat a milk chocolate candy bar b/c my stomach just … and yes I still eat milk chocolate sometimes lol, complete knowing that my stomach will hate me for it. I try to drink it with extra cold water b/c that for some reason calms the stormy seas of my stomach lol. I most definitely have to keep my diet simple and I gravitate to more simple dishes: fruits & veggies, little bit of chicken or beef, pasta w/ no meat. Nothing too crazy, nothing too greasy, and most definitely nothing junky!

The more problems I experience with my stomach, the more I feel like I’m ready to go vegetarian.

4. Uncertainty about my future making me upset which in turn is making me physically sick = I’m stressing about my future a bit lately. I’m on track to finish my requirement credits so that I can apply to a nursing program. I want to work for two years as a nurse and then become a traveling nurse. Unless of course I decide to move to another country and work there. I’m seriously considering moving to one of the Scandinavian and countries. I’ve always loved Denmark and Norway, beautiful countries with incredibly high standards of living. I don’t think that I want to be a nurse for the rest of my life, at least not for money. I think I’d like to do more volunteer work. Financially I want to make a living with my own fine jewelry collection. I just have no idea how much money I will need to fund that and get my business off the ground. I’m going to do it but I’m nervous and I want it to succeed. To be independently wealthy is very much a goal of mine.

There’s so many things to think about as you get older and start to set off on your own and in this economy …. #UGGGGGGGHHHHH!

So there’s my rant, I’m done. I have officially released all of my issues that I’m dealing with at the moment. That’s what I love about writing down my feelings. Every time I do so, they’re no longer knocking around my head as loudly as they were before. It’s 3:40 AM now and I’m going to go finish filing in my study guides for my A&P Exam and practical that I’ve got coming up.

Good night/Good morning! šŸ™‚

Winter Break Happenings

The college semester officially ended a couple of days ago. Since then I haven’t been doing anything. I went to the mall one time with my mom and we visited the art store. I bought a new sketchbook, pencils, and drawing books. We didn’t get anything from the mall but we ate and enjoyed the atmosphere. I haven’t been anywhere else, partly because I’ve been tired and partly because I’ve been sick. I love school but it always brings stress and craziness. This semester was the worst though, because I had a biology class that was really hard and it also determines whether or not I can advance to Anatomy & Physiology I, which I’d already signed up for before I’d taken the final in BIO lol, in the Spring. It was just really . Last I checked I had a C in both the Lecture and Lab parts of the class. I want a B, so I hope with the final it averaged out to a B. I have serious doubts on that front, but don’t worry I just need a C to move onto A&P I. I also had four other classes to deal with. So it was a lot and I was just going and going and going, and now that I’ve finally the time to rest, I’m seeing how tired I am lol. As for my being sick, I’m lactose intolerant and have been indulging in way too much dairy. No more masochism for me!

So without further ado, here’s what I’m doing over my month and a half Winter break:

1. Practice my drawing.

When I was in about my Senior year of high school, I started sketching. Like everyone who starts out, I was not the best. I grew frustrated, not to mention busy with school, and i just stopped doing it. I regret that majorly. This time around I’m going to keep going and I’ve even bought two books that are much more basic, so that this time around I can start small instead of trying to be Picasso without knowing the basics lol. I want to learn how to draw because it’s a great way to express yourself, but I also want to one day soon open my own fashion line and accessories. I gravitate more to accessories though. I want to do shoes, jewelry, gloves, and swimwear. My being able to draw is going to be impertinent to being able to express my ideas and have others understand why i want.

 

2. Finish reading The Golden Compass 2 & 3 and various other books on my Nook

If my memory serves me correctly, I started reading the second book in the Golden Compass trilogy last year! LOL. It’s so pathetic that I have not finished reading both the second and third book by now. I’ve also more than five other books on my nook that I haven’t read and about 5 books in print that I’ve bought and haven’t cracked open yet.

 

3. So! A needle pulling thread! šŸ™‚

I want to learn how to sew. I think it’ll be a great way to express myself once again. Sewing is actually something I’ve always expressed an interest in, since I was a young child actually but I never got around to fulfilling.

 

4. Not stay in the house all the time!

Over anything my plan is to not stay in the house my whole break. I have no money, but I plan to spend a lot of time at the three different B&N’s in my town. I love B&N. It’s really relaxed, you can just sit for free all day working or reading and no one cares or tries to beat you over the head for not buying anything lol. And I may not have a bunch of money but there’s always somewhere affordable to eat.

Ode to the 4 Years!

So like I said in my last posts, I was contemplating applying to the four years for Fall 2013, and I just decided to go for it! So here’s the list of colleges I’m applying to:

New York University (NYU)

Notre Dame of Maryland University

McDaniel College

Towson Unversity

Stevenson University

I’m really hoping for NYU!! I’m applying to the nursing programs at all the colleges/universities. Once there I hope to complete a dual BS/MS program, I also want to obtain a degree in Business and study abroad.

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I’m still contemplating whether or not I’m going to apply to the nursing program at my school or transfer to a four year & start it there. I feel I’m gravitating more towards the latter. I’m just scared of rejection. Oh well, I always have my back up schools if so. I think I’m going to go for it!

How’s It Going

Sitting in my Bio 110 class. I’m not completely lost today, but I have to say so far, I’ve been more than a little lost (and yes I know someone’s saying that I probably wouldn’t be lost at all if I were paying attemtion in class and not making posts to my blog, but I asure you, that’s not why I’m lost lol). I need 110, and preferably, a great grade in 110 (because it’s a requirement for the nursing program, which is a really competitive program, and I want my grades to look better than anyone else’s lol), but the class isn’t going as well as I want it to. My teacher isn’t testing on what she’s teaching in the powerpoints. There’s not the least little bit of concentration on or emphasis. I’m holding out hope that this next quiz and test will be better.

Anyway, I’m pretty excited that I’m one more semester and the TEAS away from being able to apply to the program.

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What’s Going On In My Neck of the Woods

My second year of college started this past Monday. I’m having trouble affording my books this year, as in i don’t have any money for them. I have to take out a loan (thank God my mom’s handling that). We’re taking out enough money for this semester’s books and next.

Besides money, I believe I’ve already said in another post, that I’ve settled on a major: Nursing. Right now I’m trying to complete the requisites. I’m struggling with which classes I’m going to take next semester though, b/c I can fit all of my pre-req’s into this one year. The only problem is that it’s mandatory for me to take both Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND II. The only thing is that if I take both of those classes in one semester (next semester, not this one that I’m currently in), will I be setting myself up for GPA suicide lol. Right now I’m actually getting a head start on learning the bones of the skeleton. I’m working on the axial skeleton. I think I’m doing a pretty good job, especially when it comes to the spine: There are 33 vertebrae and they make up the Cervical Curve,Ā Thoracic Curve, Lumbar Vertebae,Ā Sacral,Ā and Coccyx. The Cervical Curve has 7 bones located in the neck, called simply C1-C7. The first vertebrae is called the Atlas and the second, the Axis. The Thoracic Curve consists of the vertebrae called T1-T12. The Lumbar consists of five vertebrae called L1-L5. The Sacral Vertebrae are considered to be one bone. Initially they are five separate bones, but from the late teens they start (slowly I assume) fusing together, so that by the ages of 25 or 26, most people’s are fused. The Coccyx is located at the very end of the vertebral column, and is a vestigial bone that we still use. I know the cheeks are the zygota, the eyes are the orbits, the forehead is the frontal bone, followed by the parietal and occipital all the way in the back. The jaw is the mandible (I have the free 3D4Medical app of the human face on my mom’s iPad and there are pre-made pins on the face, and the part of the mandible very much near to the teeth is apparently called theĀ alveolarĀ process of the mandible). And a bunch more things, and some things that I still can’t remember but am still working on. I don’t think (at this point) that learning the names of the bones is going to be hard (don’t quote me, I always reserve the right to change my mind lol). I think it’s going to be the tissues and how our internal organs function separately and as a whole and all the veins and capillaries and arteries and stuff.

I know that I’ve found syllabuses on AP I&II online. I found a great one by Columbia University for their AP II class for this semester, so now I have an idea of what people are learning, so I have an idea of what is learned in AP II.Ā As for taking both I & II in the same semester, we’ll see LOL. Plus I have to study for the TEAS test so that I can get in.

I still don’t know if I’m going to ever go to medical school (LOL I love how I flip flop all the time). Right now I feel like I’ve found something that fits me more. I want to be a nurse, but after undergrad, I want to go on to become a nurse practitioner. I want to work in the NICU. Now if only I could find a program in my state lol. I keep wondering can I do it, but go the pediatrics route, because Hopkins has a program for that. But the thing is that you have to be certified by this board that is specifically for neonatology and I’m wondering would pediatrics prepare me for that, or would they even accept a pediatrics MSN, and want you to have specifically done a neonatolgy program. I’ll figure it out, but if they’re looking for you to have specifically done a program targeted at you being proficient at being a NNP (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner). If they’re looking for those specific programs then it’s looking like I’ll be state hopping (not too far, most likely NYC), but I’m greatly hoping to stay in my state, b/c it’s a hellavu lot cheaper (although I would love to live in NYC).

Anyone have any info on this? It would be greatly appreciated šŸ™‚