I remember my very first week of nursing school. I felt depressed and discombobulated. And let's not talk about my first day of clinicals. I felt life I wanted to cry. When I got home, I remember sitting on the couch and saying to my mom, "I don't think I can do this." And she gave me a pep talk and I got through my first semester. Now, here I am, having just finished my third semester, beginning my final semester in August and graduating in December. No, everyday hasn't been easy and some days I cried, But everyday it's worth it. Just last week I cried all the way home (45 min drive) and an hour after I got home because I thought I failed my final. I put my heart and soul into studying but I felt like it was pointles. I passed!!, but I said all of that to say; you're not going to make all A's, I didn't. There were many days I wanted to quit but I always reminded myself why I began this journey. I am just like you. I am shy and I speak softly and sometimes the words feel like they don't want to come out, but I remind myself this is a journey. You're growing and remember growth doesn't happen in comfort. Hundreds and thousands of people apply to a nursing program and never get in. But YOU got in and it's because you're smart and have the potential to become a great nurse. In the beginning, you're not going to know everything you think you should know but you're learning. Whatever you decide make sure it's what YOU really want to do.