When I applied for my nursing degree, I took a huge chance. I put all my faith into this one application and hoped for the best. I took a risk of my confidence and self worth that I threw into my application to get into this course (dramatic I know), and I got accepted! Which is the theme of this post today, gaining something positive out of a risk.
As I so dramatically put in the above, applying for nursing was completely nerve wracking. I never had an ATAR score, I never studied in high school, hell I never did homework. So what made me think I’d last studying nursing? Or even that it was what I wanted to do? I did a TAFE course last year as kind of a filler course to see where I want to go, I knew I wanted to do something medical and/or help people, but I didn’t quite know what.
So when I got into the TAFE course, I was over the moon. I thought “hey, I’m good enough to do a TAFE course!” Despite what people think of TAFE courses, they’re actually good learning curb for anyone that don’t know what they want to do (like me at the time). I never got stressed through VCE, mainly because I didn’t give a shit about my education and having clinical depression with PTSD and getting bullied didn’t help. So I didn’t really know what to expect out of a TAFE course, will it be stressful? Is there a lot of work? What if I’m not good enough when I get there?
Well, turns out, it helped me get to where I am today, doing a bachelor of nursing. I learnt how to really organise myself work wise, time management, stress management, and basically how to juggle work, a course, a boyfriend and friends! So this is how I got to where I am. It took a lot of persuading and thinking to apply for the bachelor. When I realised it was what I wanted to do, I had to take in how stressful it was going to be. My confidence grew and grew doing the TAFE course, so much that when applications opened, I took a deep breath and clicked ‘apply’.
I will admit, to build up more confidence, I watched tonnes of nursing videos from registered nurses and student nurses just to make sure it was what I wanted, what I wanted to work towards and what I was getting into.
I took a huge risk on my self confidence and personal ideals about myself when applying for nursing. And it paid off.
So what did I gain by taking a risk? Confidence, happiness, personal strength and time/stress management on a university scale. Don’t let people tell you you can’t do anything, it’s not for them to decide.
I won’t lie either, doing a uni course at the same time as my boyfriend has been perfect. Because we understand that we don’t need to talk to each other all day every day, and that study is super important. I’ve made great friends (though some of them were my boyfriends friends first) and I don’t think I would have got this far without them.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey so far and for all the get togethers and game nights with my friends; I wouldn’t have made it this far mentally without you guys.
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