Update | How I’m getting to “there” from “here”

Its been a while! So if anyone here follows my instagram (@leahwillfitness) you’ll know that I took a little break from the whole social media thing. Like I said in a post a while back, I think that mental health is extremely important. With my schooling situation and everything moving 1000 miles a minute I decided to take a break from my fitness account and social medias and just focus on school and myself for a few months. Now that I’m back being active on Instagram, I have a much better mindset and I’m happy with that. I’m at college now too, so a lot has happened in the last few months that wasn’t originally planned. WARNING: this blog doesn’t really have a point… I just felt like writing 🙂
So as I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to transfer out of Kinesiology at Laurier and pursue a career in nursing. Literally the HARDEST decision I’ve ever had to make, and let me tell you, it doesn’t get any easier even now that I’m back at school. The decision to transfer into nursing in the first place happened so fast I can barely even remember it happening, but it just felt right. I have never been so confident in myself to have a career in a field that I believe will benefit myself just as much as my future patients.

My marks in Kinesiology were just shy of getting into the Nursing program, so the route I have decided to take was taking the Preparatory Health Science program at college for a year first, in hopes of getting a high enough average to get into nursing in a years time (2017 RN program, here I come!) 

My first thoughts of college are not positive ones. Going from sitting in a lecture hall of nearly 200 people back to a small classroom of first years is a huge adjustment. Im used to university moving at a much faster pace, and being much more independent. But nonetheless, I’m here now and I will do what I need to do in order to get to where I need to be. 

In my english class today, we had an assignment for the instructor to get to know us a little better. He simply asked us to write a page on our background, and ” How we plan on getting ‘there’ from ‘here’. I wrote 3 pages… It really opened up my perspective on what I’m doing and made me feel a little more optimistic about being at College for a year, despite having the worst negative attitude before, which is very uncharacteristic of me. “Here” (being the PHS program) is a hard place to be for many reasons. I quit curling completely, left all my friends at Laurier and I’m moved in back at home. Thats a lot that has happened in the last few months, but I’m adjusting, slowly but surely. 

Now that I have goals that surpass my athletic dreams, I realize the importance of working my ass off for a year so that I can get into the Nursing program, which is my “there”. With all the setbacks and disappointments that I have faced in the last few months regarding school, I have more drive and dedication than ever before that I believe will allow me to succeed in this program and achieve my RN goals. This allows me to give 100% of my passion for my career to myself and the people I treat in the future. 

Life doesn’t always work out as planned, and I’m just starting to realize that thats okay! Its not meant to be perfect, and if i need to take a step sideways in order to move forward, then thats what needs to happen. Keep goals in mind, and work through it. Never give up on a dream because of the time it takes to achieve it. The time will pass anyways. 

Now enough of this random rant… back to studying I go! 

Leah Will is a student-athlete who plans to attend Trent University in 2017 to study nursing. In addition to her experience as a competitive junior player in Ontario, Leah is also a certified fitness trainer. This article, Update | How I'm getting to "there" from "here" was originally published on on her blog, Leah Will Fitness, and is re-published here with permission.

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