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This has to be one of the craziest, unforgettable semesters that I will likely ever experience for the entirety of my college career! With unimaginable circumstances, never-ending twists and turns, and a wealth of knowledge that I will take with me into my career. Would I take it back? Absolutely not. Despite the controversy surrounding remote learning, I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken 17 credits in a hybrid/remote setting. Granted, the experiences and takeaways are most often greater within an in-person sense, but the takeaways that I have been able to get from this experience have also benefited me in ways that I can't quite fully put into words. For instance, I find myself being more self-reliant, more willing to try new things without full guidance that I may have received in an in-person setting. On the contrary, I can acknowledge that my motivation has dwindled throughout... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at In Their Words
One of the best things I can recommend as things to bring along with you to your dorm is snacks. Trust me on this one! There is going to be plenty of nights, especially in the winter where you will have absolutely no desire to leave your dorm room to venture to the dining hall to get "real" food. With that being said, it's important to have some snacks for whenever that happens! I have decided to make a breif list of things that have made it on my shopping list every year so far! Supples to make coffee- I truly do make every intention to make my own coffee in my room to save money and not go to Dunkin every day! I purchased a "Cold Brew Coffee Maker" off amazon last year, and it has been my go-to ever since. Alongside that, I bring some almond milk, agave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at In Their Words
I find this to be true every time I return home for a break, whether it be a weekend, a week (in previous years, for Thanksgiving), or an entire summer break- it is an adjustment. Quite frankly, I found this to be true regardless of the time that I had spent at my house prior to departing for college. Being away, being independent, being your own person for a bit truly changes a person! You have new ideas, new perspectives, and new expectations for what you want! So, what do you do? While this may be my third year, it doesn't get any easier coming home for a break! You very quickly realize how much you miss your friends, miss your independence, and miss the free spirit that you quickly adapted to in the college life. I found that the best method for coping was to give a little time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at In Their Words
As I sit here, in my hometown coffee shop, I realize that I haven't been on to blog in quite some time! Let me give a brief rundown of some updates. My last clinical was 11/7/20 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. During my time there, I was able to partake in an amazing Medical/Surgical clinical experience. It was well-rounded, comprehensive, and meaningful. I returned back home from campus on 11/14/20. The remainder of my in-person classes had finished and quite frankly, there was no longer a reason for me to remain on campus This year, prior to being allowed to leave campus, there was a series of things that had to be done for residential students. This list includes, but is not limited to: Packing up all your belongings in your dorm room. NU Residential Life provided students with an unlimited (well, to a point) supply of cardboard boxes with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at In Their Words
As crazy (and early) as it may sound, it is nearing the time for spring course registration! I wanted to take a moment to run through the process of course registration. Around this time of year, your academic advisor (typically a professor or adjunct faculty member in your major) will reach out to you requesting a meeting. In this meeting, they'll review your midterm grades, expected outcomes of the semester, courses that you are expected to take/want to take, and any additional questions you might have for them. In past years, they would give you a login key to register for classes when the time comes, but this year it's a much more seamless all-day process. This coming semester, here are the courses that are on the curriculum for the nursing major: NR321: Nursing Leadership NR331: Care of Women and Childbearing Family (OB) NR331: Care of Women and Childbearing Family... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at In Their Words
I think that this has got to be the most commonly asked question since my arrival on campus. "Do you think classes are harder now that they are online?" Truthfully, I think it is entirely dependant on the class, but for the most part, I would agree and say that it is harder being primarily online. There are a couple of reasons that I believe I find it "harder" than traditional learning: I have grown up never taking a completely online course. Throughout elementary/middle school, high school, and first two years of college, all of my courses have been completed in person or follow a hybrid model. This past summer was my first time taking a completely online course (through CCV, my final gen ed requirement). I think it becomes imperative to familiarize yourself with the online course system, the week-by-week layout, and the resources that are available to you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at In Their Words
I am SO HAPPY that fall is here! Every year, I always feel that fall is too short, and the unwanted anticipation for snow "ruins" the fall atmosphere. Not gonna lie, not a huge fan of the snow or cold weather! I have composed a list of my favorite limited-edition fall treats: Apple Cider! From Cold Hollow, of course. I couldn't pick my favorite fall drink from Starbucks (my coffee place of choice), but I was able to narrow it down to two. The salted caramel cold brew and the pumpkin cream cold brew. Apple Crisp, best apple dessert. Hands down! Pumpkin Pie is a winner in my book. Caramel Apples While I finish this list, I continue to think of more treats that make this season the best around! You truly cannot beat the views, foliage, and weather that this season (especially in Vermont) has to offer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at In Their Words
Time seems to go by so fast when you're not thinking about it! Specifically, my time here at Norwich University! Crazy enough, a little "timeline memory" popped up on my phone just today- I was accepted into Norwich University three years ago on this day! On that day, I don't believe I was able to say with completely certainty that this would be the university I would attend, although it seems so clear looking back now, as crazy as that may sounds! :) I thought I would share some of the things that I looked closely at when applying for college, as that season is finally here! In addition, this is specific to the nursing major, as that is the major I applied for, for all schools! NCLEX Pass Rate (this is the test that you are required to take upon completion of an accredited nursing program, it determines whether... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at In Their Words
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 Sep 17, 2020 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 Sep 16, 2020 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 Sep 15, 2020 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 Sep 15, 2020 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