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12

May

I think we spend too much time together..

11

May

I swear, I think every Bloomfield College nursing student went out tonight to celebrate our last final haha.  Glad everyone’s starting their vacation off right! I’m the most fun of them all though; I’m spending my first night off by sleeping lol :) I’m wild; I know.  Can’t tame this.

05

May

A Leap of Faith

To achieve great things, you need to be willing to risk greatly.  

In terms of reaching my dreams, I’m finally starting to really put myself out there.  Not a lot of people know this about me, but I want to have my own charitable organization one day.  I started volunteering when I was really young and it just grew on me.  I love helping others.  I’m not saying that in a way to brag, but as I’ve grown up, I can honestly say that giving back is something that really brings me enjoyment.  I’ve experienced people who basically have nothing…and here I am, waking up in a comfy bed, a room filled with clothes and belongings that I can call mine, a kitchen filled with food, a TV in almost every room, gadgets and technologies for every little thing, and oh so much more (the list goes on).  Have you ever wondered, why was I so fortunate to have this life? Why wasn’t I born with less? What makes me so special?  The truth is, I’ve thought about this question a million times and more…and I’ve realized there is no answer.  So instead of focusing on the ‘why,’ I’ve chosen to focus on the ‘how.’  How am I going to use my blessings to help those who aren’t as fortunate? A good number of us fall in the “fortunate” group, and I strongly believe that if we each just share even a little of what we have, we can make a big difference.  I’m one person, but as one person, I choose to try my best to enable change; to use everything that I’ve got…to make a difference.  It’s my way of saying “thank you…” for giving me such an incredible life.  Don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days, but through it all, I consider myself one of the luckiest people.  For the next few years, I know my ideas and work will receive judgment, denial, and even ridicule…but at the end of the day, the things that I do are not for those people…but rather for the people that support and encourage my dreams…for the people that I help…and most importantly, for God.  People will try and tear me down, but nothing’s going to stop me from living my dream.  This is it…a leap of faith.

24

Apr

sugar-velvet:

mrsmelchiorgabor:

this is what heterophobia would look like if it was real. if you believe that heterophobia is a real thing that exists, please watch this because you will see that it simply doesn’t exist, that it never has and never will. 

tbh I think everyone should watch this anyway because it’s very clever and very powerful

I’m like crying and shaking

Everyone needs to watch this

11

Apr

Rant

I need to say this somewhere because this is one of the biggest things that bothers me.  Tonight, I volunteered at a Feed the Hungry event, where we were able to help out and make sandwiches; there were people setting the bread, putting the meat and cheese in, bagging, labeling, etc.  Volunteering is a nice gesture, but if you’re going to act like you’re better than the people you’re trying to help…you shouldn’t be there.  The event started at 6pm and we finished making and packaging over 200 sandwiches by 6:30pm; it’s awesome that we finished so quickly but why did we have to rush it?  Volunteers were handling the sandwiches like it was okay if the bread was smushed and torn, the meat pouring out of the sandwiches, the bags mis-labelled? Just because they’re poor, doesn’t make it alright for us to act like they deserve less; that they’ll settle for what’s given to them.  Whaaaat?! Who thinks that way?! It really bothers me.  Like, why?! People man, people.  I can’t sometimes.  

01

Apr

Progress

There’s so much going on in my mind right now; BIG THINGS are coming and I’m sooo excited.  The next 2 months are going to be a struggle, but no matter what, I know it’ll be worth it.  I feel like everything is happening at the same time; so many opportunities being presented…I have to seize each one.  I’ve learned that if you want to do something, do it now, because later may never come.  Time flies by and before you know it, everything you “want” to do could easily turn into everything you “wanted” to do.  Life’s too short to hesitate with, and I’m going to make sure that I make the most of every second :)

09

Mar

31

Jan

Hierarchy

It’s interesting to live in a world where hierarchy rules.  I’ve been at Saint Barnabas for about 7 years now and have taken on 3 titles; a volunteer, an employee, and now, a nursing student.  I find it mind boggling to see how differently I’m treated when I switch from position to position.  As a volunteer, I’m at the bottom of the chain; I receive very little notice and am simply, deemed unimportant.  For this reason, it gives people the assumption that they can treat you like scum.  Now, as an employee, I’m viewed differently.  As a young adult surrounded by older experts in their field, it took me some time to win over their respect, but once received, they treated me with value and worth.  They came to me when they needed help; to some, they actually looked at me as an equal.  It was a good feeling.  And lastly, as a nursing student, I’m looked at as invaluable.  They respect me and encourage my growth in the profession.  I work in different units at Saint Barnabas, so most people don’t know I practice all 3 positions.  It’s interesting to go into St. Barnabas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, dressed in scrubs as a nursing student, and be treated positively; then to go into the hospital on Thursdays, dressed in a polo and slacks as a volunteer, and be treated negatively.  It’s kinda funny to me, because all I can think of when they put me down as a volunteer is…”they don’t know me.”  What if I had encountered the same people that were screaming at me as a volunteer, as a nursing student? Would they still be trying to put me down? Or what if I was a co-worker instead of a volunteer; would they be saying the same things to me? As frustrating as it is in that moment, I can’t help but laugh a bit.  Some people are so quick to judge others because of how they look; they don’t take the time to find out who’s behind the uniform; all they see is a name tag and a label.  If you’re a nursing assistant, you must not have been good enough to be a nurse; if you’re a volunteer, I can take advantage of you because you have no real power in the system; or you’re a doctor, you must know everything about medicine. I realize not everyone thinks this way, but from my experiences, this is how many people think.First off, I don’t believe some people realize how hard nursing assistants really work.  I see it first hand and they are some of the hardest working and kind-hearted, people I have ever met.  They do their jobs with a smile on their faces; waiting on patients and families even when they’re being yelled at left and right.  They’re true role models.  Just because they’re not nurses, doesn’t make them any less valuable; and most importantly, it shouldn’t give people the right to think that they should be treated any less.  Vice versa, doctors don’t know everything.  For instance, many people don’t like going through their nurse to get answers; they like talking to their doctors; but who’s at the bedside 24-7? Who’s taking care of the patient and knows their medical history? The nurse.  I get that a physician has a higher degree, and the label is there…but people assume that just because of the title, that one is better than the other.  I don’t mean to demean a physician’s title, but it would just be nice if people wouldn’t be so quick to assume…

Is it too much to ask for someone to base their opinions on personality and skills, rather than title? Age? Gender? Nationality? Economic status? …and the list goes on.  Oh what a world it would be.

One of the simplest quotes I’ve ever come across, yet one of the deepest messages I’ve ever learned, "Never judge a book by it’s cover."

It’s a lesson that I’m reminded of every day.  

16

Jan

15

Jan

elhouses:

bwandonxvcastillo:

hooplaaaaah:

the-vegan-muser:

josh-fallstar:

Am I the only one that knows the stereotypical heart shape was meant to be two hearts fused together? 

OH MY GOD THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE
cuz the weird fake heart shape is about love, it’s about TWO HEARTS COMING TOGETHER
guys.

whoa. talk about mindfucked.

Learn something new everyday.

Beautiful

elhouses:

bwandonxvcastillo:

hooplaaaaah:

the-vegan-muser:

josh-fallstar:

Am I the only one that knows the stereotypical heart shape was meant to be two hearts fused together? 

OH MY GOD THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE

cuz the weird fake heart shape is about love, it’s about TWO HEARTS COMING TOGETHER

guys.

whoa. talk about mindfucked.

Learn something new everyday.

Beautiful