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.