First blog post

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My name is Debbie, I am currently a Pre-Nursing major at Nevada State College. I have applied for the Spring/2018 Nursing track and I am anxiously waiting for a response. Aside from attending Nevada State College, I have two children, a toddler who is three years old, and an infant of three-months. They keep me busy, but they are my strength and motivation.

I plan to use this blog to talk about the pursuit to my career. I wish to establish a unbroken blogging bond and continue to describe my journey after I start the nursing program. I hope this blog can be an outlet for life struggles as a nursing student, mother, and all that life has in store while juggling everything at the same time.

Microbiology did it!

When I took Microbiology, we had an assignment to research topics and do a presentation about it. The topic assigned to me was the ZIKA virus. of course, ZIKA does not have anything to do with my topic particularly, however I had the chance to be present while everyone else presented their topic and I was drawn to it immediately. My perspective toward disease transmission has changed. Now I understand how these viruses are transmitted, how they affect living organisms, and the difference between a disease being curable or treatable. I used to think someone with anything sexually transmitted was disgusting, but thanks to being educated, I realized that I have been living ignorant. I am one person who has been fed the wisdom of how an organism functions upon being attacked by disease, but I also wonder how many people (like me) still live this world ignorant to diseases and their transmissions.

This Microbiology professor allowed us to invite outside sources who have expertise in the disease topic we were presenting or have been victim to one. One person spoke to us about Chlamydia, and the entire class was silent. That person began her presentation by asking if anyone in the class has ever contracted Chlamydia, of course, no body would admit to such a thing, but that person quickly redirected and stated to the class, that someone in the class was lying or did not want to admit to having contracted Chlamydia. That individual brought forward statistics, and pointed-out ratios of populations that will have contracted it. Now, when I sit in a room with 30 people for example, I start thinking about the odds of people in that room having Chlamydia, HIV, and/or other stuff.

Although, I gained useful knowledge regarding disease transmission, I still have much to learn about the ways it impacts individuals, if there are any cures or treatments, and what experts have to say about it. One thing for certain,  I have become humble to these issues as I progressed further in the science field. I now understand, everyone can fall victim to many diseases, regardless of using protection.

This is it!!

10/18/2017

I went to College of Southern Nevada to pick up my Nursing Program acceptance letter! I was so excited, but was also waiting for a response from NSC. I applied to both schools with intentions of having back-up in case I did not get admitted to one of the schools.

 10/19/2017

I was driving to the post office to check my P.O. BOX for a letter from NSC. Before getting there, I was at a stop light and my entire life began to flash before my eyes. It was too much too think about and I couldn’t catch-up with my thoughts. It was very overwhelming to think that I was finally going to reveal what direction my life was headed.

I arrived to the post office and parked. Got off the car and went to open my box. I was shaking and needed to relax so I don’t get paper cut while trying to open the envelope, “Congratulations!!! You have been selected for admission to the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program” I immediately teared-up. Walked back to my car, and sat in there for like 30 minutes. I began to recall the pre-requisites and the many times I felt like I would not make it, because I felt I was not smart enough.

Went from one semester to the next feeling worried about passing each and every class. I cried many times, because I struggled a lot with school. On top of school, head of household and mother.

Today, I feel tremendous gratitude to every professor that was part of my educational growth. On top of that I am so thankful for anyone and everyone that has supported me through my journey, one that will continue to go. Now that I have been accepted, this is where my nursing career begins.