A very wise person (my father and probably someone you know too) once said "life is what you make it." I have found this to be very true no matter what type of job I have had.
You are right, the pay isn't great, the hours aren't much better, but the self gratification is wonderful. To know that you made even a slight difference in someone's life.
There are complainers no matter where you go, and allot of the time (if they are chronic complainers) you'll find that it's not just their job that they complain about...it's everything in their life. There is constructive criticism (complaining) and there is just complaining to make everyone else around you miserable. I don't mind constuctive criticism, but the chronic complainer tends to make things all around them negative.
I am 45 and have heard it all. When my kids start complaining (not critically), I listen and tell them "Well, you've got the problem, what's the solution?" And then they turn negativity in to something positive.
Today I heard a student (who by the way was on her 5th time in A&P I) start complaining about the class. After class I took her off to the side and asked her exactly what I tell my kids. She thought for a moment and then said "I guess that I need to start studying". I told her that the complaining she was doing was not helping her in any way, that she needed to figure it out, buckle down, and get busy.
I guess, now that I've rambled, what I am trying to say is, "Life is what you make of it". If you are forthrightly positive about everything (even a low grade) then your life will teach you the positive things that it was meant too.
Now with all of that said and done. Welcome to the crazy world of student nursing. Yes we do complain here on the student BB, but it is for feedback, ideas and help with classes. If you need us, we're here for you!!