Nursing Student needing ADVICE! - page 3

by sarahsather

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Hello. This problem I am having may need quite a long introduction, but I will summarize as best as I can. What I need is genuine advice. Last year I was a very hard working student and I got a 4.0 GPA and go accepted into my... Read More


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    I personally wouldn't want to live alone. I loved having my roommate an two suitemates. I hate being alone so that's maybe why. It was nice having the company!
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    There are test taking anxiety techniques to break circular worrying type thoughts.

    When you catch yourself thinking about it, say loudly and firmly to yourself (inside your head!) I will not think of this. I am going to concentrate on ___________. Read whatever you are studying slowly and word for word, out loud if you are where you can. Ask yourself, what does this paragraph mean? Explain it to yourself. You have then broken the chain of worrying thoughts. Do it as often as needed.
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    Thank you for all of your help. It really is good to hear advice from fellow nurses/nursing students. I needed to know how to best handle this and I appreciate all of the options you have all given me. I will try tomorrow for one last time to make this work in my room and try to just avoid even thinking about this girl being in the room, and if that does not work, I will be off to the library and hope that it works out for me there. This next semester will be a tough one, and even finishing off this one with my finals will not be the easiest for me since I am so used to just having my room as a set place to study, but I hope that I am able to push it through and make it through this semester so I can just have my place next year with my 3 bedrooms and one for me and be in peace.

    Also, how many of you use music to study? I have tried to listen to "gray noise" on SimplyNoise.com and I just cannot seem to focus on what I'm reading.
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    I listen to classical music without any vocals when I read or study. It blocks out distractions without being a distraction itself (for me, anything with vocals draws my attention, but the instrumental-only stuff I have is like elevator music -- just in the background). I mostly use Bach and Beethoven -- I downloaded an album of 99 different Beethoven items for $1.99 on Amazon, and then I went through and picked the ones that were the most soothing/least stimulating, made a playlist, and listen to them with my noise-canceling headphones.

    I used to need absolute quiet to study, but with my classical music and my noise-canceling headphones, I can even study at my son's hockey practices!
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    I lived in dorms for three years, and I only studied in the room when my roommate was not there. I went to the library frequently, and also studied in my sorority's house when I wasn't there. I liked using the library, it was quiet and there were several good areas to study in. I think you're being a little unreasonable. You live in a dorm, which is your home. People watch TVs in their home, listen to music, talk, have friends over. It's just life, you adapt.
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    Okay, thank you. Yeah, I am going to try to take away all of this negativity and hope my dorm room can just work, because it is definitely the most convenient. I have another serious question. I have been using ear plugs now to study and sleep ever since the past probably 3-4 months, and now I am experiencing quite a lot of pain because of them. It is really worrying me because in a way I "depend" on them with my roommates snoring and to cancel out sounds while studying. I have started to use a very small drop of water inside of my ear canal to ease insertion of the earplugs since I have a small ear canal and now I fear that is maybe causing all of my pain. What do you think is the issue here? Right now I am sitting up at my computer and I just am dreading taking out the ear plugs because it drives me to the point where I am almost to tears.
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    Quote from sarahsather
    Okay, thank you. Yeah, I am going to try to take away all of this negativity and hope my dorm room can just work, because it is definitely the most convenient. I have another serious question. I have been using ear plugs now to study and sleep ever since the past probably 3-4 months, and now I am experiencing quite a lot of pain because of them. It is really worrying me because in a way I "depend" on them with my roommates snoring and to cancel out sounds while studying. I have started to use a very small drop of water inside of my ear canal to ease insertion of the earplugs since I have a small ear canal and now I fear that is maybe causing all of my pain. What do you think is the issue here? Right now I am sitting up at my computer and I just am dreading taking out the ear plugs because it drives me to the point where I am almost to tears.
    Swimmers ear.

    Also I think you need to evaluate your own level of personal responsibility. I am not trying to be mean but as a nontraditional student who lives in a home where I will be interrupted for any number of reasons I have had to learn coping strategies. Also if you are this easily distracted, and can't sleep, and irritable perhaps there is something else going on with you?
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    While, I can sympathize with your situation, in my opinion you cannot expect a roommate to be 100% silent when you are in the room and trying to study. People make noise even when they are trying to be quiet. You asked that she use headphones when watching tv and she did it, you then say you find yourself being distracted with other things. I don't see how moving into a place that has your own bedroom will cancel out ALL the noise in the house. My husband snores on occasion...I can be on the 1st floor with him sleeping in our room on the 2nd floor and I can still hear his snoring if its quiet in the house.

    As the poster above stated, you are easily distracted, irritable, not being able to cope with noise and you can't sleep. Were you like this when you lived at home and needed to study during high school? Not being snarky with that question, just wondering if these aren't some sort of signs of stress you aren't dealing with well. Does your school have a counselor you could talk with. Maybe you have an underlying stress that's causing you to be so unable to tolerate any noise etc.
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    Thank you for your postings. So with this Swimmer's ear what do I do to get rid of it? I need my ear plugs at night for sure due to the snoring, but I suppose I will have to stop wearing them while studying. I have visited the counseling center at my school and they did not do much to help me besides suggest "muscle relaxation" techniques. I really agree with what you said though - I cannot expect someone to be completely quiet and I think I have somehow convinced myself that this girl needs to be that way, and anything that is deviated from 100% silence I find to be "so annoying" and it just sets me on edge. Do you think I should just leave my room altogether and study somewhere else all the time, or learn to cope with this environment since it is definitely a lot more convenient for me to study in and it really is not that loud since she does watch TV often and that makes the room noiseless.
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    If it were me, I'd try different techniques to cope with the situation and study in the room. If it gets to the point where its really irritating, maybe take that 10 minute walk (its good for you physically and mentally) and go to the library to study for a while. Then head back again. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing for studying in the room or the library, mix it up a little.


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