Hi friends!! This post has a little bit of graduation details and some tid bits I wanted to share about my thoughts and feelings on my day. Pictures below.

I AM OFFICIALLY RACHAEL , BSN!!!! I cannot believe i finally made it to this point. Trust me, it was probably the second hardest thing I have ever done, but absolutely the most rewarding. Nursing school is full of uncertainty: you’re constantly learning and constantly pushed outside your comfort zone. You are faced with extremely difficult situations, some…most people don’t ever encounter in a lifetime … and you have to be the strong one. Nursing school is its own journey.

I take so much pride in my degree knowing that blood, sweat, and tears (literally) went into it. Nursing is not for the faint of heart and you have to be courageous. I also must say, my class became my family, and mine was one of a kind. I know for a fact I couldn’t have done this without them. Takeaway: find your people, everyone needs someone.

The path hasn’t always been easy, I struggled with some difficult stuff and had to take time off from school. I am not super ready to share all of that with everyone, but just know It was probably the toughest time in my life. I survived though, and I survived nursing school. Life can be so crazy, and most of the time things happen and you don’t know why… give it time and have faith because God has a plan for you. He did for me; even though at the time I felt lost and broken, I mended.  so will you!So speaking to everyone who is in a bad place, or struggling right now, stay strong okay?

I am so lucky to have such a supportive family and boyfriend…. they made my day so wonderful! I didn’t have to worry about a thing and felt so supported! We all got ready together at the hotel and went early to pick up balloons I had ordered! Alec (my bf, if yall didn’t know) was amazing. He carried my purse, and complimented me every 15 minutes. He’s my angel. He took pictures of me and my sisters, and made sure I had everything I needed. I don’t think I have ever seen him so proud of me… ugh he made me feel special. YALL I swear I don’t know what I did to deserve such a cutie pie as a boyfriend but goshhhh.

My sissies are all my princesses and I love them to death. Christina always cheers the loudest for me( regardless of how silly she looks) which always makes me feel so special. Hannah is always there with a kind word, and sweet speech. Jessie my twinny literally made sure everything ran smoothly and helped me plan out all the details of my special day … clothes, shoes, makeup, jewelry , shoes!!! The list goes on! I honestly have the best people ever in my life and feel so lucky!

The cookies for my graduation party looked stunning! I have pictures below! S/o to stir crazy bakery in Fort Worth for doing an amazing job! So yummy!!

The whole entire weekend went by so fast, but I truly soaked every moment in. It was the perfect end to a long, tough road. All my hard work, months of early early mornings, late nights, test I felt like I failed, teachers that frustrated me, projects that took up so much time… It is finished… for now;) I had such a weird feeling walking across the stage being handed my BSN…..this isn’t the end for me when it comes to academia….there is more in store. I couldn’t be more excited to start my career as a NICU nurse… I am so ready to touch lives and make a difference in our world. Here’s to an amazing beginning… the beginning of my life.

XO,,

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