Like It or Not, Life Happens
As the end of this
semester was clearly in sight, I was feeling really good about the grades I had
and the pace of approaching the finish line. Then out of left field, life
entered my school life.
Often, as students, we
get so involved in deadlines for assignments, studying for tests and getting
things organized into our schedules that we fail to remember that there are more
people in our lives than our instructors.
As I write this month's
blog, my husband is recovering in a rehab center from having a stroke two weeks
ago. In the early morning, when I was studying hard for one of the last few
test of the semester, his stroke hit.
Quickly, my life went
into chaos. After all, how could this happen? I am not supposed to be the
patient's wife, I am supposed to be the person's nurse. Becoming "the family" truly
humbled me. I realized that even when we think school life is under control, it
only takes one person to start a wave in our ponds.
As a student, I was
taught a valuable lesson. My instructor and counselor at Frontier University
were there to help. Deadlines for exams and assignments are not so set that we
can't ask for help. This lesson didn't come easily for me. I felt at first I
had to submit the due items. After all I am a student, right?
Long sleepless hours
in ICU are not very conducive for study. After a horrible grade on a case
study, my instructor told me to take time for the next test and to know they
can help arrange extensions for assignments. They are there to help.
A huge lesson as this
semester rounds to a close on Friday: be prepared for whatever life
throws. Just being a student doesn't excuse me from the added stressors of
Just in case you are
wondering, the next test was a 90 and I will finish this semester on
Friday. Then a long break ... of 1 1/2 weeks.