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What a week! This week, I had two exams- both of which were relatively challenging, back-to-back discussion posts, and hours of studying in between. However, glad to report that I did make it through the week and I am looking forward to the week ahead. Next weekend, I have my first clinical rotation at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center (in Lebanon, NH). While I am nervous to be out into the "real world" practicing, I am eager for this opportunity, and I look forward to blogging different stories about my experiences! If anyone has any questions about clinical opportunities and placements here at Norwich, feel free to reach out! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Their Words
Hello all! In this post, I figured I would share some of my tips and tricks for unwinding after a stressful day! Whether it be academics, or just a tough day in general, unwinding and focusing in on yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health. Here are some things I would recommend: Essential Oil Diffuser As we are not allowed to have candles on campus, this is a second-best for me! With all the different scents you can choose from, there's one to fit nearly every mood. Some of my personal favorites include rose, lavender, and eucalyptus! These diffusers can fill your room with beautiful, calming scents to last all day long. Music YES! In my room (I currently reside in a single room) I have a little Bluetooth Amazon Alexa speaker for when I want to play my music out loud,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Their Words
Hi all! As I have mentioned before, I am a junior Nursing major with a minor in Biology. I figured in this post, I would give a sampling of my course load, and the types of things that are required for each course. Fall '20: BI101 Principles of Biology (4 credits) This course is a lecture, that in a typical year would be held synchronously 3x per week. However, I have it once a week, with online components twice a week to make up for the missed lecture. This is an introductory biology course, and for me, it is the last course required to fulfill my biology minor! BI101 Principles of Biology Lab (0 credits, attached to the lecture) This is the lab that is attached to the lecture. This lab is held once a week for two hours. This ties in concepts learned in lectures to the physical practice.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Their Words
Hello all! After an extended break from blogging, I have finally returned! As a recap, my name is Haley Bechard, and I am a junior nursing student in the civilian student sector. I participate within New-Civilian Student Orientation, the Honors Program, and the Civic Scholars Program. All of which I have talked about in previous posts, so if you're interested, be sure to check them out!! :) Back in August, I was nothing but ecstatic to find out that (many) residential students would have the ability to return to campus. With, of course, many new guidelines and restrictions. But, after residing here for over a month now, I can tell you that you learn to adapt quickly. As of right now, residential students are not allowed to leave the Northfield Campus, unless it falls under one of the three different categories. Military Leave Academic Reason (i.e, nursing clinical placement) Family... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Their Words
Hello all! As word travels fast, I am sure that most of you who are reading this are aware that Norwich University closed early for the weekend and canceled all classes this past Friday (2/7/20) due to the treacherous weather conditions. After having my only class on Friday's canceled Thursday morning, I decided to take a break from the campus and head home. Home for me is Saint Albans, VT, which is a nice drive from NU with about a 1.5 hour drive time. It was soon after my arrival at home that the snowfall began! Slow and steady at first, but I woke up the next morning to find my car completely buried under the snow! Friday was a day for indoor activities (such as cozying up with some hot chocolate and movies!) Thankfully, the weather cleared up a little for my Saturday and Sunday morning commute to work,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at In Their Words
Hello, As I have mentioned in previous posts, this past fall, I was a Civilian Student Orientation Leader (OL)! I loved this job and, through that job, developed a passion for orientation. Within the Orientation Staff, we have eight OL's, and two Student Orientation Coordinator's (SOC's). While the OL's function under the SOC's in terms of guiding new students, facilitating team building activities and working with the SOC's to design projects and carry them out in the implementation phase of orientation. The SOC's hold an upper-level responsibility of designing events, carrying out the plans, and facilitating whole-group activities to occur before, during, and after orientation. After volunteering to participate as an OL at the Spring Semester Orientation, I knew that I wanted to continue with my passion for orientation and apply for the executive SOC position. After a thorough application and an in-person interview, I am beyond proud to announce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at In Their Words
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Hello all! One thing that you might be unaware of is the immense amount of volunteering opportunities that are available here at Norwich University. At NU, we have an online program called "Get Connected," which is run by the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and there are different volunteering events (posted daily) that are available to all students to participate in on campus. Below, I have attached a picture of the current dashboard for the "Get Connected" site that way; you can see a snapshot of the different types of events that are offered. I have recently registered for the "February Social," which is an event held by a group called "Project Independence," and they specialize in the care of individuals who have Dementia and/or Alzheimer's. I am going to spend a few hours next Friday afternoon socializing and having a great time with these individuals, and I cannot wait.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at In Their Words
Hello all! One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear from prospective students when they first arrive on campus is, "What can I have in my dorm room?" "What should I bring in my dorm room?" Hopefully, I will be able to help you all out with a composite list that I have abided by for the past two years. First, it is important to note that I am a civilian student, meaning that what I am allowed to have in my dorm room is vastly different than what students of differing lifestyles are prohibited to have. Here, is a link to the online rules and regulations booklet that all students are given which stands alone for guidelines for the residence halls! Refrigerator (I even linked the exact one I have). Having a refrigerator in your room is something that I have learned to love! For long nights... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! One of the biggest battles that we face as students is time management skills. I have decided to dedicate this post to point out some tips that have helped me with time management through the past four semesters: Plan out your week! Have a planner that allows for tons of space for you to write due dates, assignments, and readings. Do as much work as you can throughout the week, giving you the weekend off (well, not off- just don't push everything onto the weekend!) Print off the Syllabus, keep a copy in your room for a last-minute reference. Give yourself frequent breaks to stretch, gather your thoughts and regroup. Don't work non-stop for hours, it will not be beneficial! I hope these quick tips help! Haley Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! Out of the many people that you'll interact with, you'll come to find out that dozens of them have attempted or are in the process of a New Years Resolution. With deadlines, unrealistic goals, lack of motivation or simply too much going on- New Years Resolutions tend to fail before truly beginning them. Instead of a New Years Resolution, I like to build off of one (or two) thing(s) that I worked really well within the previous year to make it a staple in this coming year. For me, that was organization and time management. If you know me or have seen my planner, I have everything color-coded, neatly arranged, and well planned out for weeks ahead. Instead of beginning a new resolution, I wanted to make sure that I put my focus on maintaining this pattern. Here are some tips I have if you're looking at adapting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! One of the unique things about the nursing program here at Norwich University is that we officially begin clinical rotations in the Spring semester of our Sophomore year. I remember when I was going through the process of looking at colleges, this is something that stood out to me. Diving into the actual aspect of patient care is something that cannot be taught from a textbook, and the sooner that you are able to begin, the better! At NU, the first clinical placement experience you will have is in NR215: Client/Psychological Mental Health Problems. For this particular placement, you will be at an "onsite clinical location", (whether it be UVMMC, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Vermont Psychiatric Hospital, etc) for 7 weeks, the other 7 weeks are spent through activities of immersion. Activities of what? That was my first thought! I was really taken back and confused as to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! One of the hardest things that students can come by is returning back to the strict routine of coursework after a month-long winter break of leniency! Thankfully, the first week of classes, often referred to as, "Syllabus Week" gives students a way to ease back into the demands of their major. Unlike some, I was eager to return back for the simple reason of returning back to a structured routine. From my own standpoint, I see myself thriving in an environment with strict guidelines, structure and (lots) of busywork! As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am taking a total of 17 credits this semester, with coursework in: Introductory Microbiology Client/Psychological Mental Health Problems (lecture + clinical) Simulation for Nursing Practice (lecture + lab) Pathopharmacology for Nurses In addition to my coursework, I am continuing with my Non-Work Study job of a Peer Tutor and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at In Their Words
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Hello, In this blog post, I wanted to dive into a topic that can be a recurring problem (for civilian students). For upperclassman, every spring semester, your name is piled into a lottery system where your overall lottery rank is determined from your class level and academic standing. From that lottery number, you pick your room for the following fall semester. This past Spring semester, I opted to have a single room. I enjoyed my independence, private space and the coziness of a single room. While it was an extremely nice add-on to my Spring semester, it proved to be a costly addition to my spring bill (+$750). Towards the end of the spring semester, when it became closer to selecting rooming options for the year ahead, my friend Nicole and I made the decision to room together. After rooming with Nicole for a semester, it has been an incredible... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello! Finals. While we look onto the joys of winter break, it is incredibly hard to look past the fear of final exams! This year, I had final exams for: Organic and Biochemistry Medical Ethics Statistics for Health Sciences I had to complete a Head-to-Toe practicum for my Health Assessment course, and I had two final papers for Sociology of Health, Wellness and Medicine and Technology and Informatics. So how did I do it? I retained my goal of all A's (still waiting on those results!), by focusing on one course at a time, and time managing the best I could. For instance, during Thanksgiving Break, I took the initiative to write both of my papers for Sociology of Health, Wellness and Medicine and Technology and Informatics papers. I worked 60 hours at my place of employment and took every spare moment in between to work on this coursework. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I am writing today with excitement to announce that I am so close to beginning my first rotation of nursing clinical! Earlier today, I found out that I will be doing my NR215: Client/Psychosocial Mental Health Problems clinical at the University of Vermont Medical Center. For this rotation, several of my friends in the nursing program will be doing their rotations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, UVM, and the Vermont State Psychiatric Hospital. For other rotations (such as Med Surg, Pediatrics and OB) there are other various sites that clinical rotations will be held at. It is super awesome that we have the opportunity at Norwich to travel to various sites all around the state (and outside) to get the best educational experience to help enrich our future goals. I look forward to blogging and sharing my experiences as I go through the clinical portion of my nursing career.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at In Their Words
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Hello! As I am sitting at home, in my cozy bedroom in Saint Albans, VT, I am able to reflect on the past semester (and year) that I have had. I have accomplished so much, yet have so much to look forward to! I challenged myself to pick up a total of 19 credits and set my focus towards excelling in a major and a new minor. I found my passions in the courses I took, and I found my dreams of becoming a Registered Nurse still alive. I became active as a student volunteer, a civilian academic mentor, a peer tutor and a friend to those in and outside the school. I learned more about myself, I grew as a person and a student. I challenged myself to get involved to try new things, and meet new people, which clearly worked out for the better! I am grateful to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! As we approach the last couple weeks in November, we come upon the break that many college students dream of, Thanksgiving Break! This week-long break allows for the rejuvenation of spirits, which in many cases, allows students to finish out on a strong note. This year, there is a very quick turn around time from Thanksgiving break and the end of the semester. For example, we have the week of Thanksgiving Break, a final week of classes, and then we have the week-long exam period.. and then, a month off! It seems as if I just moved into my dorm and began training for Orientation Staff! These past few months have flown before my eyes, and I can't believe the school year is already half over. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! I have some experience, and I'd be more than happy to answer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! It seems as if the August drop-off date was yesterday, and I just barely put my dorm room together! However, the end of the semester is less than two weeks away! This semester has gone by incredibly fast, and I am so thankful for the friends I have made along the way that continues to support my growth as a person and as a student. As we approach the final exam period, I thought I would share some success tips that I have learned along the way: Do not cram! If the exam is a week away, start studying that day. Space out the material, and do a more condensed review as the exam date approaches. Reward yourself with breaks. Continuous studying for hours on end does not do anyone any good, take stretching breaks, water breaks, and breaks to get up and walk around. You'll be more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hi everyone! It has been quite the jam-packed week! I have had exams on top of projects all on top of presentations! It has been slightly hard to manage, but thankfully I came out on top this week! Last week was the week that many students look upon with angst- class registration! With the expectation of the site crashing, fear of not getting into the desired courses and uneasy feelings regarding what classes you should actually be taking. Thankfully, this registration period went smoother than in past times. Here are the courses I registered for the Spring Semester as a sophomore nursing student: BI220: Intro to Microbiology (w/ lab) NR365: Pathopharmacology for Nurses NR217: Simulation for Nursing Practice (w/ lab) NR215: Client/Psychological Mental Health Problems (w/ clinical) This came out to a grand total of 17 credits, with classes, labs, and clinical on every day of the week. Admittedly, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello all! I hope you all have had the opportunity to enjoy the snow and the colder weather we've been having! Thankfully, I don't think it has gotten as cold as it had last year around this time, however, there's still a few winter months left! This past week, I had the opportunity to declare a minor- one that I have been passionate about for some time now! I was finally able to declare a minor in Biology. Throughout my undergraduate courses, transfer credits (from high school and the Community College of Vermont's dual enrollment program) I was already over halfway towards a minor! After speaking with my academic advisor, and chair of the Biology department, I was assured that electing this minor would be possible with the remainder of my required nursing coursework. Specific to the biology minor, you need a total of 6 biology course (w/ lab components),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello all, Midterms have finished up marking the halfway point of the semester! Midterm grades have been posted, and now I thankfully have a rough idea of how I am doing in my classes, and which classes I need to improve upon. Thankfully, I am doing well in my classes! I find my Intro to Organic and Biochemistry course the most challenging, but I have arranged times to meet with my professor for additional help (which I encourage all students to do for any course that they are having a difficult time)! I am excited to continue the rest of the semester, but I know there will be several challenging exams and projects that are close on the horizon. I can't wait to tackle them and challenge myself in the process. Let me know if you have any questions! Haley Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hello all! As a member of the Civic Scholars Program, I am actively involved in the Center for Civic Engagement. As for our upcoming events, we are hosting the biannual blood drive on November 7, 2019. If you would like to sign up, you can do so, https://www.redcrossblood.org or you can visit CCE representatives in the WCC during all three meals, and they can assist you in the sign-up process! On Tuesday's and Thursday's from 1200-1400, I am assisting individuals in the signup process, and I would be happy to assist you as well, and educate you on possible volunteer opportunities that exist within the blood drive! Let me know if you have any questions! Haley Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hi all! It is crazy to think that two years ago (+ one week ago) I was accepted into Norwich University! Unlike some, I didn't immediately know that I was going to attend NU. It was one of my top choices, but at that time I was still awaiting decisions from a couple of other schools. When I first applied, I knew that Nursing was a competitive major to gain admission to, so I applied to 8 different schools all across New England! Luckily, I was accepted into all of them! In February of my senior year, I toured NU and decided that this was the school for me, and I haven't regretted my decision since! I fell in love with the campus, atmosphere, and size. As a high school senior, it can be incredibly overwhelming! It is important to weigh out the pros and cons of all schools. Make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hi all! It sure has been a craaazy past couple of weeks here at Norwich University! I have survived midterms, projects and an endless amount of papers. Thankfully, throughout my time here at Norwich University, I have developed strong time management skills that have proven to be an asset to my success. For those working on developing time management skills or need assistance within their classes, I would recommend popping into the Academic Achievement Center (AAC)- located on the fourth floor of the library. The professionals within the office work towards ensuring your success and are extremely kind to work with! In addition, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a tutor for BI215/BI216 Anatomy and Physiology for the AAC! They have tutors for almost every class, both general education courses, and major-specific courses. You can have a tutor for a couple of weeks, a semester, or an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at In Their Words
Hi everyone! It is has been a loooong past couple of weeks! Between exams in almost every class and projects and assignments left and right, I haven't been able to catch a free minute to blog. Reflecting on this past week has allowed me to realize the level of effort I will need to put into some classes as opposed to others. Specifically, I am struggling in Organic Chemistry. Chemistry has never been my favorite course, but I always managed to pull through. This year, however, is proving to be the most significant challenge! I will continue to push through to receive my ideal grade and expand upon my understanding of chemistry. On the contrary, I love my MA236: Statistics for Health Sciences course. The professor is phenomenal, the material we are learning is entirely relevant to what I am learning in nursing courses, and the learning atmosphere is ideal.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at In Their Words