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The Middle of the Puzzle

Published January 24, 2013 8:56 AM by Frank Visco

I celebrated my birthday on Tuesday, and, as I'm sure many do on their birthdays, I took a moment or two of self-reflection. I'm 27, half-way through my third year of marriage, and, during this past year, I became a homeowner for the first time. Having finally found a bit of stability, my wife and I are entertaining the idea of starting a family. There's certainly a lot to be happy about.

That, of course, is my personal life. Professionally, I'm far more of a... project. I'm nearly five years removed from college graduation, and I'm still not in a fulfilling job, let alone a career. Three years ago, I made the decision to go back to school, and here I am with roughly a year left to go in nursing school. The end is in sight, and yet I feel mostly unprepared for what lies ahead. And, given that, periodic feelings of dejection can (and do) creep up on me.

That said, I'm predicting a big year for myself professionally in 2013. Over the last three years, I've learned so much that it's often felt like I couldn't possibly retain the onslaught of information. But, now that I'm well into the 400-level course work, I'm finally making connections as my classes start to come around on all the things we just left hanging in the lower levels.

It's like I've been working on a complicated jigsaw puzzle, but really all I've been doing is turning over the pieces and constructing the ends. Until recently, I hadn't begun working on the middle, but now that I am, it all seems to be coming together very quickly. Thankfully, I might add.

A few weeks back, in discussing his preparation for the NCLEX on this blog, Lorenzo Ortega wrote "I am finding that a lot of information seemed to stick during my last two years of school." He's even further along on the puzzle, and reading his observation was certainly encouraging for me, as I hope it was for those like me who are following him into the field.


I am glad that those words were encouraging. Always remember, you know so much more than you think you know! And honestly, the end will be here before you know it. Good luck this semester and in the rest of your program!

Lorenzo Ortega February 8, 2013 3:13 PM

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