What I sacrificed 20 years ago
just because, here are a few:
~ parties, wasn't worth the time or missing sleep from being up all night
~a nice car. Mine had a bungee cord that kept the passenger side door closed and one of the backseat windows madeout of duct-tape. The gas tank was rarely above 1/2 tank.
~Holiday shopping ... couldn't afford it, no time for it. Finals were ALWAYS right before them.
~invites from friends and family to "hang out"
WHAT I gained/learned
~mad skills at finding lost change $$. Buried in furniture, in the car, vending machine "leftovers", under drive thru windows
~time management and acuity in life as well as clinicals
~always have a back-up alarm clock & make sure both have good batteries in case of a power outage
~believe nothing you hear and half of what you see from fellow nursing students
~it IS worth it in the end!