Life as a new student

Jade Day

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

16 April 2014

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. I think that having to care for a member of my family from a young age set me up to head into the caring profession, but it was well and truly sealed for me when I was taken care of by some amazing nurses while I was pregnant with my daughter.

Untitled PageI had hyperemesis (extreme vomiting) and I was really ill and fed up and afraid, but not only did they care for my health, they helped care for my mind. I wanted to be just like that.

During the application process I was a bundle of nerves. I felt so strung out and I hated waiting for things to happen (I’m going to be terrible the first time I have to wait for my results!). When it finally came through that I was offered an interview I was so happy, it felt like I’d already been accepted. I headed to the interview full of optimism and more nerves and got down to the tests and personal interviews (but that’s a whole other post!).

I found out the next day that I had been accepted onto the course and I literally ran around laughing and hugging my family. I felt like it was the first day of the rest of my life.

It seemed like forever, yet again, waiting for our first day, having to go through occupational health, DBS checks, registration meetings, online registration, welcome day and induction. Now that I’m here I’m not actually sure how it compares to my expectations. All I know is that I feel like I’ve been thrown in at the deep end, but that I’m also loving every second.

Lectures and group sessions are all completely new to me and it’s really only just hit me that I’ve been out of education for the last six years. I’m going to have to work hard to catch up academically with some of the others who have already done degrees, but I’m pretty sure I’ll pick it up as I go.

Having chosen to be an at-home mum for the first two years of my daughter’s life, I’m having a little bit of trouble adjusting to being away from her for such large periods of time in the day – but I know this is the best thing for all of us, not only working towards having the stability of a job and money, but having a job that I love and am proud of and being a role model for her.

Overall, it’s been a jam-packed first couple of weeks, and we are all going to have to adjust to this new way of life, but I think it’s important that I remember why I came into this and reassure myself that I can do it. I’ve already made friends and we seem to be finding a rhythm amongst ourselves that’s working so far. I’m trying to get into good habits now to make it easier on myself across the board. Heading into my first assignment and exam preparation is a bit daunting, but we’re all in the same boat and if we work together, I’m pretty sure all of us will do just fine.

Jade Day is a first year Adult Nursing student studying at our Chelmsford campus. She also has her own personal blog at http://studentnursejrd.tumblr.com/  Follow us on Twitter for more blog updates @FHSCEnews
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