Friday, March 21, 2014

100 Days Celebration!

Here is comes, the start of senior year celebrations! Today was the yearly 100 days celebration for the senior class. In actuality, we only have 71 days left until graduation which is even more crazy, but today was just the beginning of the party. First we took our class picture just like we did when we started at EC. Then we all moved into Meier lounge and had the ceremony in which our class awards are presented including male and female alumni ring recipients, male and female candlelight speakers, parent speaker, class reporters, etc. are all named. Also, every member of the class receives their alumni class pin from an alumni. Then we have a champagne toast and have a big dinner in the dining hall just for the senior class. To finish off the night, the school throws a big dance for the seniors to start and then everyone to come to! Everyone gets all dressed up and kind of goes through a reality check in which we realize it is almost time to graduate. I still can't get over it because it feels like JUST yesterday I moved into Columbia first and was wearing my beanie, scared out of my mind and super awkward of course. Here we are almost 4 years later now celebrating the last stretch of the school year and our upcoming graduation. Needless to say, it is an exciting time!

Here are a bunch of pictures from today!

 From Columbia first floor to best friends now!





Nursing Majors! Probably half of us!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Relay for Life!

This weekend was exciting because Relay for Life took place, which is a benefit all night walk for cancer in which clubs form teams and raise money. It was also Sibling and Friends Weekend, so many people had family and friends visiting and their were many activities for that event, including human bowling. 

I had a fantastic time at Relay for Life. I was the 6th highest raiser for money raising $205 dollars. Our team, which was EC Tap Ensemble, had 15 of its members participate which was awesome! We also performed at the event, and so did many others including the accapella groups on campus, danceline, and various musicians. There were tons of activities but the highlight was hearing one of EC's own share her story of her recent battle with cancer. As a beloved faculty member of the college, many students were there to show their support for her. Overall, the event was wonderful and I am so happy to know so many students at EC share a common focus on fighting cancer.

Here are some pictures from the event!

One of the tap performances!

I relay for my grandmother every year!

 The luminar ceremony!

 My best friend and I! She is the president of tap!

 Collage!

All the EC Tap members who participated!
 
The officers!
 
Relay decorations!

The day before Relay for Life, EC Tap also performed at one of the local nursing homes. The residents LOVED the Broadway show music and were so happy to have us visit, they were telling us how they wished we could come more than once a year. It was great to make them smile and visit with them, and I am so proud to be part of a club where students are willing to give up their free time to make others smile. It was a great experience.

These pictures are of some of the tappers performing dances from our Broadway show!



In other news, I am finishing up my home nursing community clinical rotation this week which is sad because I have really met some wonderful patients and watched them improve over the past three weeks. I also enjoy working with my nurse as she has given me some wonderful experiences to learn nursing skills and become a better nurse. I will definitely miss this rotation when it is over! Next I will be heading to the VA in Bath, NY. I have heard from other students that they liked that experience, so I am excited for that as well. I also had an exam in community today, so I am eagerly looking forward to getting the results back because I felt pretty confident and really studied hard. 

Other than that, I am just trying to not let senoritis get the best of me and keep working hard in my classes. Just 82 more days until graduation!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Belated February Post

February really flew by and I drafted this and never sent it to fill everyone in on ECs current happenings. This weekend the senior class of 2014 sponsored a Elmira Jackals Game to raise money for Senior week, so I got a ticket to support my class and had tons of fun at the game!

Seniors are busy all around! The nursing majors are busy planning the pinning ceremony which takes place the weekend of graduation. I will be speaking and so will some of my classmates. This is where we get pinned with the nursing pin that we will have forever and it is truly an honor to have this ceremony and is taken very seriously among peers. All of my family will be attending so we are busy getting everything together to make it happen! We have music to pick out, performances to figure out, and just lots of details to make it perfect. 89 Days until graduation, which means 88 until the pinning ceremony which to me is way more important and meaningful.

In other news, just 5 more weeks of term 2 before my internship. I was with home health nursing again for clinical today and got to visit patients in their homes. Today I did a PICC line dressing change, administered medications via the line, and also got to change a wound vacuum which is really a rare yet exciting experience. Overall, this term is FLYING by!

Here's to the start of March and my last FULL month on the EC campus EVER!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

95 Days Until Graduation...Wait WHAT?!

That's right...just 95 more days until graduation! Absolutely mind boggling to think about because in all seriousness, when you start college it feels like it is going to be the longest 4 years of your life, especially in nursing school. But in reality, it is the fastest years of your life. It feels like just yesterday I was moving into Columbia 1st, filled with excitement and anxious for the beginning of this 4 year journey. Now, with just 95 days until graduation, it is all coming to an end.

EC just had February break after midterms (see my midterm week in a nutshell in the photograph below), so I am officially back at school for my final 6 weeks of classes. I am still in community nursing and currently my clinicals include going on home health visits to see patients within the community, as well as completing some rotations in urgent care. All of the clinical experiences truly allowed me to get a better understanding on the community around EC and learn about just how important community nursing is. In just 6 short weeks I will finish this class and have 2 more exams, as well as present my final project in which I developed a community based plan to address an issue within Chemung County. I am excited about my project because although it is a lot of work and takes a long time to complete, I feel my idea of addressing adolescent depression is an essential thing to focus on in the upcoming years to create a better community and adolescent population. I will have the opportunity to present in front of many EC faculty members later in the term. I am also still in critical thinking and have taken many practice NCLEX tests which are helping to build my confidence in testing as well as giving me a baseline for how I will do when I take the NCLEX, and so far it is looking good! Finally, I just started aerobics and will be starting another night class next week, so I really am in the final stretch of the term and it is so exciting!

This is what midterm week in nursing school looks like...

After this term is over, I will be returning home to complete my internship at Concord Hospital in NH in the ICU. I am SO EXCITED to finally be practicing like a real nurse, become independent in my care, and further develop my hands on and critical thinking skills. Over break I was able to meet my preceptor and get oriented to the hospital, so now I am even more excited to begin the internship. Although 200 hours seems like a lot, it actually is not and will go by extremely fast! I just hope to get as much experience as I can and take every learning opportunity to further develop as a student nurse.

Campus is busy, of course, since it is the last 6 weeks before term 3. I have been attending many basketball games and cheering on my friend. Lots of campus is coming out to support our winter athletes and some of our teams, including Men's Volleyball and Women's Hockey are nationally ranked and doing great! Soon it will all be over and term 3 will begin, and I can already tell everyone on campus is ready! During term 3, many are going to be traveling abroad, others will be doing clinicals, student teaching, or taking classes you could never imagine exist. Term 3 truly is fun because it is a time of exploring while learning. Not to mention beautiful weather, floating on floats in the fountain, and the beginning of intramural softball, a campus favorite. Until then, winter goes on and the campus stays busy. Relay for Life is coming up in which the EC campus raises money for cancer. Tap will be performing again and so will many other clubs on campus. We also have lots of senior fundraisers coming up to help raise money for senior week! As the term winds down I will update frequently because this is an exciting time for me and the class of 2014 because everyday that goes by is bringing us closer to June 1st, graduation!

Taryn and I enjoying a basketball game...or at least keeping busy during halftime! :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Tap Show and a Term II Update

As promised, I have tons of news about the tap show! First off, tons of people came and many of my peers came which was even more wonderful! My mom and a great family friend drove from NH to watch me and were able to record the show! And the best surprise...my boyfriend drove all through the night to come and surprise me to see me tap for the first time!!!! Having his support made me feel so lucky! 

The show was AMAZING! The costumes this year were better than ever and we had such a large club. The week before we had our holiday party and everyone got excited for the upcoming week of practice, practice, practice. My dances were incredible and I am so lucky to have such dedicated tappers! I took lots of pictures so here they are!

 Me and my best friend, and president of the club, before our duet!

 Tap officers!

 5 Guys Named Moe

 Diamonds 

On stage with Jenna!

 The club!

 All That Jazz!

Surprise visit from Bry!

Needless to say, it was a perfect weekend. It is bittersweet because it was my last tap show, but it was everything I could gave imagined and more! Now that it is over, I am back to the nursing school grind! Things are busy, but it is proving to be a rewarding term. So far in community nursing I have gone to multiple schools in the area which has definitely helped me connect with the pediatric patients on a deeper level. I will also be able to go to the VA, the local health department, home nursing visits, a local OBGYN office, and other unique experiences. These have given me the opportunity to use my nursing skills to make an impact in the community and I feel it is extremely important to be a nurse who can do that. My other classes are going well too and my critical thinking class is definitely helping me to prepare for the NCLEX. Campus in general is busy, the women's hockey team is having a good season and the women's basketball team is having an UNFORGETTABLE year with the most wins I can remember! They had a streak of 10 last time I heard! The men's basketball team and hockey team are also doing well and I am sure soon I will be able to attend one! Nursing club just got our shirt orders in and they are amazing! Check it out!

Pretty creative!

That is all I have for now! January and February will be busy so I am sure I will have lots to report! :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

My Last Term II

Here it is, my last term II EVER as an Elmira College student. Looking back, these four years have really flown by and honestly, I cannot even believe that this is almost the end of my college career and that I have actually made it through nursing school. It literally boggles my mind. But, whether I like it or not, here is my final term II so I am definitely going to make the best of it.

For my final nursing classes I am taking critical thinking and community nursing. For community nursing, the clinicals include a variety of places like elementary, middle and high schools, the health centers in the community, women's health centers, urgent care, and the VA. So far I have only been to elementary and middle school but needless to say it was a great experience and by being around children and adolescents I am able to be a better, more well-rounded nurse. Critical thinking is a class centered around learning to think a certain way in the clinical setting as well as a focus on passing the nclex and all of the testing techniques that we should know going into the exam. 

This first week back has been extremely busy because today we have auditions for the tap show which is extremely exciting. All last term I taught and worked with my tappers to create amazing Broadway-theme dances and now they are finally coming to life with costumes and on stage. Next Friday and Saturday we will have the shows and I am even more excited because my mom and a great family friend are coming. I will have tons of pictures to post next week once the show is finished.

Other campus happening and news include the women's hockey team currently ranked number 3 taking on the number 4 ranked norwich university in an intense game tonight which is very exciting. Also, the women's basketball team is having a fantastic year with more wins than ever which is wonderful for all those ladies! Men's basketball is also doing well and improving. Soon, men's volleyball will begin and the campus loves that!

Well now that term II is busy as ever, I am loaded with homework. Time to get busy and focus! I will post more next week!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The End of Term I!

It is official- finals are here. Tomorrow marks the first day of the worst week of the school year due to the mass amounts of work and tests smashed into such a short time period. This year, upon returning from break, only one week remained of classes and the start of finals which means everyone was even more stressed out about all of the things they needed to finish and accomplish before then, myself included. But, here is a recap of what has been going on.

I finished my last rotations of both family clinical and pediatrics clinical. I really enjoyed both experiences and am sad to see them end, but happy to know I am on to my next class and clinical. I finished my family class and already turned in the final assignment, a long paper about nursing standards. In pediatrics, I have a HUGE final on Thursday that I will be solely focusing on for the next three days until then to be sure I do well! It is worth a huge chuck of my grade so I really need to give it my all. I also finished my pediatrics class with a presentation on ADD/ADHD which I feel I did very well on and enjoyed teaching my peers about as it is becoming more and more prevalent. With all of that done, studying is what remains and let me tell you, that is all I have been doing.

I finished my final for my Social Inequalities class which was a take home, 8 page essay final that covered topics we had been learning about for weeks. I am happy I got that out of the way immediately so I can focus on nursing!

Sports on campus have been going very well, as the women's hockey team was again ranked 4th last week, women's basketball had a good win this weekend, and men's basketball has been improving a lot as well! It seems this year our basketball teams in particular are doing much better which is always nice to see! 

Activities on campus were crazy this past weekend, as EC celebrated the annual holiday weekend with the holiday banquet and ball. At the banquet, students get to sit with a teacher of their choosing who carves a turkey and serves them a delicious holiday meal. The seniors lead everyone in the singing of holiday songs at the end and before the banquet earlier in the week spend a few hours together decorating the ENORMOUS tree in the campus center in purple and gold ornaments, of course! The holiday ball is essentially a semi-formal dance in which literally the entire campus comes out to enjoy and dance the night away. This year the theme was "EC gets shipwrecked" and that we did! It was very fun and everyone definitely had a good time! Below are some pictures of my friends, boyfriend, and me enjoying the holiday ball!





With that said, I just attended the annual final's breakfast where faculty serves the students breakfast at 9pm to kick off finals week and say good luck! It is a wonderful tradition and really helps us students keep on pushing to get through finals! Now that I have had my finals breakfast, I need to get back to studying! Here's to my second to last final's week EVER!