Nursing Student needing ADVICE! - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   Clovery
    brown noise? isn't that like a south park joke?

    you sound like you're nervous about everything. does your school have lounge areas that are quiet at night? can you get a different roommate after this semester? it's almost over. go to the library, do what you can. try to get an earlier start on things. can you record your lectures and play them back in your earphones late at night once the library closes?
  2. by   sarahsather
    I think you both are right. I just need to hear the truth of the matter and have somewhat of a reality check. I think it is a combination of the stress, how I have been somewhat up and down in regards to my hopes of getting a single room, and now that it isn't happening, it just adds to my anxiousness. My dorm has study spaces on three floors, but they are all really poorly lit and also they are right on the guy floors where people walk by all the time and yell and talk and and doors open and close and it is rather distracting. I feel that I will just have to try the library. The thing is, there a few girls I could try out as a roommate next semseter but it is because their roommates are leaving them this semester. Usually, there is a reason for that. I do not want to move into another place where I come across new problems or worse ones where I have now. Do you think I should take the gamble and move with someone else?
  3. by   AlaBro2010
    I don't think it's weird to go to the library and I would go everyday if I was in your position. Sometimes I'd be lazy and just go to the lounge down the hall. I study best with my music blaring in my headphones so that helps if there's any noise. About her snoring- get a VERY loud small fan. Love those things, will make any noise less annoying and also soothe you to sleep. Don't let it get to you so much either, only stresses you out more.
  4. by   AlaBro2010
    Quote from sarahsather
    The thing is, there a few girls I could try out as a roommate next semseter but it is because their roommates are leaving them this semester. Usually, there is a reason for that. I do not want to move into another place where I come across new problems or worse ones where I have now. Do you think I should take the gamble and move with someone else?
    I don't think that's always the case. That type of situation did happen to my old roommate though, but she was so happy to have gotten me Although the other person was the one that left, so maybe you will get lucky?
  5. by   sarahsather
    Yeah, if this really continues to be bad, I may consult my hall director and see what girls are looking for roommates. I just do not get what kind of girl who has a room to herself would want someone else. I mean if I had a room like that, I sure as hell would never have someone else live in it with me haha. You know? I guess my plan for now is to just go to the library and see how it works out. There is hopefully some spot I can find there where I can get things done. I am someone that makes nonstop flashcards and really just needs a big space to work, and my dorm desk is pretty great for that so it is a shame that I cannot do work here.
  6. by   JBudd
    If you don't like where you are now, change it. Possibly meet with some of the others and see what their expectations are of you. Could be they wanted to study and their roommates are leaving because of complaints about noise. Never know.

    Take a reading light with you if there isn't decent lighting. Take your headphones. Surely it isn't that noisy after midnight in the study areas? Play some Chopin in your headphones while studying, it is supposed to help easily distractable kids.

    Stop obessing about rooms, and concentrate on studying.
  7. by   sarahsather
    Okay, I will look into that. I tell myself to stop obsessing over it every day, and I just always end up in the same predicament. I don't get what has gotten into me. I usually am really on top of my game. I have over 100% in all of my classes right now and now that this is really starting to stress me out, I just don't know what is going to happen. I just hope the library is what saves me.
  8. by   AlaBro2010
    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!
  9. by   JBudd
    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.
  10. by   sarahsather
    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 and I just cannot seem to focus on what I'm reading.
  11. by   brillohead
    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!
  12. by   Racer15
    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.
  13. by   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.