Burnout advice

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    I am so tired. I've been battling so many things in these last two years that makes it difficult for me to do anything. I have no motivation to study or to do much really. I'm a pre nursing student....I never imagined it'd be this hard, and I can't stop due to the pressure of my family, their expectations of me, and my expectations of myself. I'm currently trying to enter SW BOCES LPN program 2011-2012. But the way I feel now, I don't know if I should even try. Anyone else ever get burnt out before they even started? I don't want to spend my life saying what if or if only...how have you been able to maintain motivation? I'm halfway thru my 4th semester and I don't even wanna look at the reviews for the finals...if anyone can offer some experiance or advice...lol even an imaginary pat on the back I'd appreciate it
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    I feel you 100%. I am an A student, always finish assignments early and perfectly, but in my current semester (4th) I am dragging. My only advice is to reflect on your life goals and shoot for them. Find what it was that made school fun and bring it back. This is easier said than done, and I am currently watching my A's begin to slip into B's and my GPA get shattered...
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    I've encountered many people in your situation, but I have never experienced anything like it before. I just got accepted into a nursing program that begins in August, and I am completely ecstatic about it. I have been motivated to be a nurse since a very young age, and I am going into this field because I feel a drive to do so. I'm doing it for myself, and I'm doing it to help as many people as I can. I could never imagine doing anything but critical care nursing, and I don't care what I have to do to get the title and position. For me, I was never at a point where I felt like giving up. I faced a good deal of adversity and hardship, and I spent many sleepless nights studying, worrying about grades, thinking, and feeling sure that I wouldn't be accepted into a nursing program this year. Despite my feelings, I tried as hard as I could in school, and I was determined to work myself until I got into a nursing program, graduated, and got a job in an ICU. I have the exact opposite problem that you are facing; I haven't lost my motivation, far from it, I am so motivated that I don't care how much I have to sacrifice to succeed and achieve my goals. I go without sleep, food, and down time just to get the things I need to do done, and to maintain an A in all my classes. I know that from time to time everyone feels like they will be doing prerequisites forever, and everyone gets discouraged, but if you are already feeling so burnt out and down, maybe you should consider pursuing another field. I don't think you should feel so hopeless, burnt out, and exhausted at this point in the game, at least I never did.
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    Keep your eye on the prize. I am falling into the "let's be lazy" category now...even though I do go to every class and lab, I don't have the motivation to study right now. I am tired of school. I even told my instructor that I am tired.

    To the person who posted above, you are still young. Many of us on here are going pursuing second degrees, second careers, etc. I will have 200 semester hours of credit under my belt after I finish this class. It does get old. And the OP did state that are other challenges that he/she has encountered in the past two years.

    To the OP: I tell myself that every day that I persevere is getting me one day closer to what I want to do (which is start nursing school this fall).
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    I know it sounds like old hat, but you have to hang in there! I am in the same boat! I am sick of talking about all the different school's and their guidelines, point systems, etc. The prerequisites are the hardest classses I have ever taken, but the only thing keeping me hanging in there is volunteering at the local hospital. Talking with patients makes it all worth while. Maybe try volunteering for inspiration, the patients always will feed you inspiration and praise.

    You can do IT!!!!!
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    Yes, you're right in saying that I am still young, however the last two years have been incredibly difficult for me. My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, underwent a pneumonectomy, developed a subsequent systemic septic infection and MRSA. Later in the year, it was discovered that he had an AAA. He had surgery for this also. My home was torn down by the state due to a highway widening project, and my family was forced to relocate. My mother lost her job, and was on unemployment for about eight months before she found another job. My grandmother suffered a major heart attack, and died, and then, two weeks later, my uncle also died from an MI. Despite all of this, I have continued to go to school, and try my hardest. I understand what the OP means when they say that they have experienced unfortunate circumstances lately, so have I. I just don't understand the reaction they are having: completely giving up hope and feeling as if they want to quit.
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    Thank you all for your encouragement. I was thinking about volunteering at a hospital to see if nursing is still what I want to pursue. I start this monday. Its just so hard and I'm the type of person who's easily discouraged....but the moment I step in a hospital i'm fascinated with the professionalism and the complexity of the medical field, especially just the relationship between doctors and nurses. I guess I can't find my inner reason to be a nurse anymore because i've been so preoccupied with other things
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    if any of you guys are from westchester, NY I'm trying to volunteer at the wartburg adult center. Anyone here experianced?
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    Quote from mattrnstudent23
    Yes, you're right in saying that I am still young, however the last two years have been incredibly difficult for me. My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, underwent a pneumonectomy, developed a subsequent systemic septic infection and MRSA. Later in the year, it was discovered that he had an AAA. He had surgery for this also. My home was torn down by the state due to a highway widening project, and my family was forced to relocate. My mother lost her job, and was on unemployment for about eight months before she found another job. My grandmother suffered a major heart attack, and died, and then, two weeks later, my uncle also died from an MI. Despite all of this, I have continued to go to school, and try my hardest. I understand what the OP means when they say that they have experienced unfortunate circumstances lately, so have I. I just don't understand the reaction they are having: completely giving up hope and feeling as if they want to quit.
    I am sooo sorry to hear that...


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