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Summer Recap 2009

August 29, 2009


I’ve talked a lot about starting an anecdotal blog about the humor found in the mundane of everyday life.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in our routine of the day-to-day, and we forget to pause and find the extraordinary. This is my [somewhat lame] attempt to do just that.

So, let me start at the beginning. Not the actual beginning, just further back than this summer. I graduated from college in 2005 with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. I somehow, through the grace of God, secured a hard-to-get job as a social worker at a local hospital. I love it, especially the interactions with my patients. There were two things I wasn’t totally in love with, however. I felt like I didn’t get to spend an adequate amount of time with my patients. Mostly, I ran frantically around trying to create discharge plans for them, talking on the phone to retirement homes and rehab facilities, charting, etc. Also, I wasn’t exactly in love with my hometown. Which is to say, I wanted to move. Desperately. So, in 2007 my sister and I moved to Durham, NC. 


I worked as a leasing agent for a year, realizing all the time that it was a horrible fit for me. So I decided to go back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. It was a big decision, but one that was always in the back of my mind. I took a few prerequisites, applied to UNC- Chapel Hill School of Nursing, a top 5 nursing school that only admits 1/3 of applicants. It sounds so easy written out in a couple sentences. It was actually really stressful, and I was thoroughly convinced I wouldn’t get in. Much to my surprise, in March of 2009 I got an acceptance letter for the BSN program, and began my journey in May ‘09.

Needless to say, it was a summer full of transition, and I don’t do all that well with change. There were tears, yelling, and lots of frustration, but I managed to balance it with laughter at the absurd and comfort found in time with friends.

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My family went on an awesome vacation to the beach during my one-month break from school. It was relaxing, fun, and just what I needed before I headed back to school.

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Another thing that probably kept me somewhat sane was that my youngest sister Bonnie visited a lot this summer. There’s nothing like getting to spend mass quantities of time with your two crazy sisters. It was so refreshing.

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Thanks for reading my first post. I hope you’ll continue with me on this journey of finding the extraordinary in the commonplace!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christen permalink
    August 29, 2009 3:05 pm

    this blog is awesome, awesome, awesome!!! keep it up!! 🙂

  2. August 29, 2009 5:28 pm

    Love it and can’t wait to read more!

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