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For All of My Fellow Students

School is stressful. School is hard. If it wasn't worth doing, it would be easy. We all know this. We remind ourselves of this every day. So what do you do when you reach your breaking point? What do you do when you feel like there is nothing you can do but cry or give up?

Keep on going. Hang in there. A year from now, or two years from now, it will all pay off. If there is a concept you can't seem to grasp, or something you can't figure out how to learn, experiment with different methods. Keep on trying.

Remember that there are a lot of people out there willing to help you succeed. Don't ever forget that there are a lot of people rooting for you, a lot of people who have been there before, and a lot of people who just want what is best for you. They're here for you.

Do them proud. Do yourself proud.

When you get to a point that you feel like you can't possibly study anymore in one day, stop. But pick it up again first chance you have the next day. Studying is never easy-- it comes easier for some than others-- but it is never truly easy. As you progress through school, you will find ways to make it a bit easier, or figure out what works for you. But don't ever think you don't know anything. You're brilliant. All of you.

If you're the student who is going to school with no kids and no job, and living off of loan money and your parents, consider yourself fortunate. Don't take advantage of it.

If you're the student who has kids and a full-time job, hang in there. You will make it if you believe in yourself. You will figure out when you can study, when you can read, and when you can spend time with your children. This will come to you along the way.

For some of you, this is a second career choice. Some of you, your first. Either way, be passionate about it in all aspects of your daily life. The passion that you have for what you do will help you to move through the obstacles.

When life with school becomes too much, don't be afraid to take the time to chill out and relax. It won't hurt anything, just keep school in the back of your mind. If anything, remember all the good experiences you've had thus far-- that first time you intubated a patient, the first test you passed, etc. Remembering the good experiences and knowing that you will have many more in the future will help you out greatly.

You never know what life will bring you, but you can know that you are making a positive choice.

Keep your chin up.

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