TGIO

The title, in case you didn’t catch it, is a rather clever abbreviation referencing a well-timed, widely-felt sentiment: Thank Goodness It’s Over.

I am referring, of course, to this past school semester, which was my first semester of clinicals at the nursing school at the University of Texas. Nursing school is everything people say it is: harrowing, difficult, time-consuming, stressful, and highly information-dense. It’s taken some time (a recovery period, of sorts?), but I am learning to focus less on the sleep and social life lost over the past 3.5 months and focus more on the fact that I now know how to do things like grade brachial pulses, administer injections, and insert catheters (a more oddly victorious process than you might think–at least for the nurse).

I spent the week following the end of classes baking everything I possibly could (because this is my therapy), and packing all the warm clothes I own into a duffel–because I am spending the holidays in Canada (first white Christmas ever)! I arrived in Montreal on Thursday, and have spent most of my time thus far trying to get used to the snow on the ground. It’s sure to be an exciting holiday, and I’ll be keeping you all posted!

In closing, I leave you with a picture of St. Joseph’s Oratory–this is where I’m going to church tomorrow. It’s the biggest church in Canada.

Love to you all,

S

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