I tell people I only have 5 more clinical experiences left to go through, and they're all saying "wow, so close to the end, you're gonna make it". This is even with knowing my history.
I'll know I've made it as I'm walking to my car on the very last clinical day. Then I'll feel totally safe. With my average, I can get a ZERO on the final and still pass the class. So no worries about grades. My professor even took me aside to ask me what my exam grade was, and I told her I only got a 90. She laughed... only? I said yeah, I got 2 points more last year. Then I told her about the ZERO, and she said "how wonderful for you that you don't have to worry about the test, all you have to do is get through the 5 more clincal days and you'll graduate, that's wonderful". This will not make me complacent, but I'm fairly comfortable. My only concern are my impulses, and I'm doing what I can to make sure I don't shoot myself in the foot.
No worries about my clinical skills either, really. I just need to stay sharp and have my wits about me, that's all. My professor's been awesome, and I have been doing what I can to get along with everyone, and not be over the top. I have my moments, but I'm mostly in check. It's exhausting, but I'm doing it.
26 more days. Then I will go someplace out in the middle of nowhere, or as close as I can get to it, and scream at the top of my lungs.
Apr 20, '07
ND, this is so cool! I am very happy for you and I know you went through some rough waters to get to this point, but you are really an inspiration to so many people here. I know that when it gets so tough that I think of quitting, I'll remember your example and I'll get there.
Let me know when you graduate; I'll be hoisting a beer for you!
Apr 20, '07
Thanks, Don. It's nice to know that putting this out there can actually help somebody. And thanks for the hoist. I look forward to raising a glass myself.
Apr 22, '07
ND, i am right there with you. im supposed to graduate on May 10th, and i only have a few clinicals left. i won't believe it till i walk across that stage.