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Good Grief

So of course we know the most stressful part of any person in school’s life is finals week. Teachers and parents a like try and tell you that it’s just a review of what you learned during the school year, but that kind of logic makes no sense to us at the time. Instead we stay up late, do all nighters (mmm not me), mainline caffeine (that’s more my style), and possibly have a couple of panic attacks just to get through the exam. Then afterwards, we walk out of their with different opinions.

The Show Off: “Oh, that was so easy, I don’t even know why I studied”
The Relief: “Oh my goodness I’m so glad that’s over with I thought I was going to lose it!”
The Caffeine Addict: “During the whole exam I couldn’t stop twitching, thank goodness that’s over with so I can go to bed”
The Alcoholic: “So who’s ready to hit the bar”
And so on and so forth, there are so many types of people at the end of the exam, but at the beginning we’re in the same boat. Missing notes, can’t find handouts, don’t remember the hundreds of page numbers you had to learn and you continue to ask yourself, “Why did I pick this major?!”
In my major our lives are a little different. Yes, we have exams, but also have clinical hours. Now no we’re not nurses, we’re not pharmacists, and we’re not doctors, we’re training to be paramedics, so that means our clinical hours are a little different.
They can happen at any 24 hours time period of the day, any day of the week including weekends, and if they’re not done they can take over your holidays. You also have to see patients and interact with them as well. of course we all love this program and we cherish the hands on experience, but you haven’t seen tired until you’ve seen a medic student, who then has about 6-7  exams in 2 days.
But we’re in the Emergency field right? We should be able to handle stress right? WRONG! We’re still students, so school is still the most stressful thing in our lives. Saving lives, we’re good at and we have confidence in ourselves, testing and GPAs… that’s a different story.
Now that exams are over though we’re ready to take a breather and then get on to the next semester to start all over again. Any good stress relievers out there?
Until Next Time
Keep Turning the Pages
90s Born Reader
Coffee Break

Stressed? I can tell you about stress.

This year at the University of Pittsburgh… it has been one for the books, when I first started writing this post we were at 50 bomb threats, and now we’re at 145. Yes I did say bomb threats. The University has been facing tough times with someone claiming bomb threats on the campus, making students evacuate from classes during the middle of the day, and evacuate from dorms and on campus apartments during the middle of the aka between the times of 2 and 4 am. You would think missing a lot of classes as a college student for something that wasn’t your fault would be fun, but it’s not. Most classes build off of each other and so you won’t know the information for next year because our teachers have to keep going. Or when your exam gets pushed back 2 weeks, meaning you’ve missed 2 weeks worth of class, and now you have to make up the classes on Saturdays… yeah it absolutely sucks.

It’s safe to say that as a campus we’re pretty stressed out. I’m not going to lie that now when I hear any type of loud noise siren like noise, I jump and am concerned. After being evacuated from my building only once at 4 am, I didn’t sleep for the rest of the week worrying was it going to happen again. I feel bad for many of the freshmen dorms who have been evacuated multiple times during the middle of the night. A lot of students have left campus and luckily a lot of teachers have provided accommodations to help them finish out the school year without a G grade.

I guess what I’m getting to is that with all of these distractions it has become increasingly harder to study for classes and focus on them wondering if you’re going to be evacuated from the building or even have the class. To get your mind off the goings on around you sometimes the best way to do something is to read a book that is not required. A book that allows you to escape into a different world so that you can forget about the one you’re in.

Unfortunately I did not have a book to read so I ended up sleeping a lot during the middle of the day because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be allowed to sleep through the night, but my advice is to try and read a book.

Until Next Time
Keep Turning the Pages
90s Born Reader