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  1. Great post, thank you for sharing!
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    "I Haven't Made Any Friends Yet!"

    You're reading into the article entirely too much, pulling stuff out of it that was never said, and making a mountain out of a molehill. No one has mentioned anything about guilt or inflated perception or seeking attention or many of the other things that you have quoted in your responses in this thread. The basis of the article was simply saying that some students obsess over not making friends after their very first semester, and become discouraged. Which is true. However, just because you haven't made friends in nursing school after the very first semester, doesn't mean it's the end of the world. If you make friends in the nursing program, great. If not, so? You're there to get an education, graduate, and move on with life. If you make friends along the way, fantastic. If not, don't obsess about it. Just get along with your classmates, study with them if you like, work alongside them on projects, ect. but if you don't walk away with a group of new best friends after your first semester, life will go on.
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    "I Haven't Made Any Friends Yet!"

    Just ask them, and remember, age has nothing to do with who you study with. I'm a girl in my 20's, and one of the people I have studied with this semester was a man in his 50's who is married with children and grandchildren. Age doesn't matter, you're taking the same class(es) together. When we got together to study, age had nothing to do with it, we were there to study the material and prepare for exams. On that note, I'm in my late 20's, and one of the girls I got together to study with was only 17, who was an early graduate of her highschool, and literally fresh out of highschool. Age never played a role. And as far as finding someone to study with, it's as simple as, "hey, want to get together to study?"
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    "I Haven't Made Any Friends Yet!"

    I'm considered a nontraditional student, though I'm only in my late 20's. I have a boyfriend, but no kids. Friends weren't at the forefront of my mind during nursing school, and really aren't at the forefront now that I am doing pre-reqs for my RN program. During nursing school, I preferred to study alone. I had my own system and my own way of doing things, and when I tried to study with someone or others in a group, my grades would reflect it. I retained more by doing my own thing. I excelled in my classes, and did so without the help of study partners or study groups. Now that I am at a large school doing prereqs for my RN program, it's a little different because it's pre-reqs and they just aren't as hard as actual nursing classes (for me, anyways). I have gotten to know several classmates across several of my classes, and have had times where we have gotten together and studied, but in the end, I still prefer studying on my own rather than with someone. I retain more, and I just get a better understanding of the material when I can study on my own time, at my own pace, and in my own way. On top of this, I'm not in school to make friends. I have friends and a whole different life outside of school, and I try to keep them as seperate as possible, because my friends and my life are my getaway from the stressors of school life when I need a break. I'd rather not combine the two. So really, whether I make friends or not in school is at the bottom of my list of concerns. I have a few friends that have graduated nursing school, and they have kept in touch with very few, if any, people from their school. My concern during school has been, and will continue to be, my education. I'm there for one reason and with one goal: to graduate and make a future for myself.
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    "I Haven't Made Any Friends Yet!"

    Another fantastic article, and I agree, very well said.
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    Jumping at Shadows: A Haunted Hospital Story

    This is awesome, I love it! Great story-telling! :)
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    Guide for getting into nursing school.

    No one said just because you got a C you won't be a good nurse. The article, however, is an accuate representation of how many nursing schools are. They are competitive, GPA is everything at many schools, that's just how it is. C's drop the GPA down, which can hurt students when many programs have cut off's for GPA sitting way up at 3.7 or 3.8. Frustrating? Maybe. But all A's with maybe a couple B's is very doable if a student is focused and really puts in the effort required for those grades. Many students struggle to keep their GPA's near perfect in hopes of getting accepted into the nursing program of their choice. Competition is firece for nursing schools, that's just the facts.
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    Face Your Fears

    I love this, thank you!
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    Pharmacology Flashcards

    Wow, these are incredible, thank you so much for sharing them! I'm starting Pharmacology in a few weeks for Spring semester, and I can tell these are going to be a lifesaver!