16 October 2013

On Firsts: First Concert

It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this?

It embarrasses me to admit that I have only just recently attended my first live concert. Yes, the first time I've seen a concert was just last month, and it was the concert of The Killers when they played live in Manila on September 26.

I gotta admit it was awesome seeing them live even though I only know a couple of their songs.

I used to think that going to concerts was a waste of time and money. I used to tell myself, why pay when you can just listen to their CDs and watch DVDs of their live concerts? It saves you money, the trouble of having to go to the concert venue, and the risk of being robbed while enjoying the concert. I guess you can say I really am the enjoy-the-comfort-of-your-home type of girl. However, after watching my first live concert, I think I am willing to spend money and energy going to concerts. All thanks to my boyfriend. What a bad influence! I kid. (insert wink smiley face)

Brandon Flowers is so talented. I think I had a huge crush on him that night. Thank goodness not all things that happen in Vegas stay in Vegas, such as this band.

And yes, the way they sound live is exactly the same way they sound on their CD and music videos.

Did I ever mention they had an awesome light show?

I guess slowly but surely I am getting cultured.

Ready? Let's roll onto something new.

14 September 2013

Road to Completing my Baccalaureate Degree

Some days are just naturally more amazing than others.

Finishing college. Birthday. The day you pass your licensure examination.

What could be better than all of those? Of course, it would be having all of those moments happening one after the other. Amazing, isn't it?

In less than a week after graduation, I started preparing for the biggest exam that I have yet to take – the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). I started preparing by attending the exam prep course offered in the university. Who would have thought I would go back to school right after I graduate? Believe it or not, those days felt like hell. At that time, my body and my brain have not fully recovered from the stress of graduating. I thought college graduation would be a breeze, but no it was not.

Like every college student, I had to take and pass my final examinations, and turn in every course requirement prior to graduation, and that includes an ultra thick college portfolio, which believe me, is a very brief summary of what I went through in nursing school. 

College Portfolio

Then my classmates and I started the preparation for big days – the Baccalaureate Mass, the Pinning Ceremony and Graduation.

Individual graduation photos and class pictures had to be taken. That too took a lot of preparations. I had to make sure my pinning uniform fit me. It was too bad that I gained a ton of weight after I got fitted for my uniform. Luckily, the uniform still fit me, but it was super tight around the waist. I must have looked like a girl trying to dress up as a sexy nurse for Halloween. Then I had to make sure I look good on my pictures since pictures last a long time. Hence, paying for a few professional services would not hurt. That said, I got my hair and nails done at a salon.

Nails Done for Graduation Photographs

The next thing I did was finding the perfect pair of white shoes that would go with the uniform. As a member of the female race, I do some shopping when I have the time, and I never realized how difficult it was to find decent white formal shoes until I searched for it. Luckily, again, I found a nice pair at the last minute. By last minute, I mean I was only able to make the purchase on the day I was going to have my photos taken. Imagine how exhausted I was on the day I was supposed to look well rested and glamorous. Lesson of the day: buy shoes early.

I know I did say to pay for professional services to help you look glamorous on photos that you know you will treasure for the rest of your life. I found out that getting my makeup done would cost me at least fifty bucks. Now, did I do it? No, I did not. I thought that with fifty bucks, I could afford to get myself another Urban Decay NAKED eye shadow palette. I’m no professional when it comes to makeup but I think I did a pretty decent job putting my own makeup on. After all, I read Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual.

Bought this as part of preparation.
After about three days individual photographs were taken, the class photos had to be taken. That meant squeezing into my pinning uniform again, putting on my makeup, and melting under the sun because we had our class photos taken at the poolside of a hotel.

Class of 2013.
Then the Baccalaureate Mass, which thankfully went by pretty easily. I’m not Catholic but I decided to attend the mass. Why? That’s because you only complete your first bachelor’s degree once in your life. Hence, I decided to experience everything a graduate would experience, and that included the mass. Did I do any special preparations for the mass? Well if you count practicing how to walk and sit a few days before the mass, and ironing my own hair, and putting on my own makeup, then yes I did a few preparations. Although compared to the other big events, the preparations I did for this event was nothing.

Baccalaureate Mass.
Some graduates might not understand this but as a student nurse, prior to graduation, our class had to have the Pinning Ceremony.

What is the Pinning Ceremony? As defined by the ever so trusty Wikipedia, the Pinning Ceremony “is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession.” We were presented with our nursing pins and lamps (which we fundraised for) and we recited the Nightingale Pledge. Think the ceremony went by easy? No. We had to set up, decorate and practice for the ceremony. So yes, that was a bit exhausting as well.

Sash & Pins.
Because the Pinning Ceremony is a once in a lifetime event, although I had it twice because I went to Practical Nursing School prior to pursuing my BSN, I had to make sure I would look my best for the event. Did I get my nails done? Yes. Did I get my hair done? Yes. Did I get my makeup done? No. Again, that was for practicality reasons. I was (and still am) a broke student. But hey, for someone who barely used makeup, I think I dolled myself nicely for the event. And did I mention I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf for the Pinning Ceremony?

Sexy Red Nails for Pinning & Graduation.
Channeling my inner B.W.
Two days after the Pinning Ceremony, on which I did not come home until after four thirty in the morning, the graduation was to be held. Again, preparations, preparations, preparations! Did I get my hair done? Yes, I did. Can you imagine how stressed and damaged my hair got? That was a lot of curling and chemicals. Did I get my nails done? Oh no, I thought my red nails still looked good. Did I get my makeup done this time? I think you already know the answer.



14 May 2013

The Finale

This will be short.

My clock says it's 12:50 AM. Once again, I'm staying up late tying to study for an upcoming exam. What's new? I've always stayed up late since I started nursing school.

Well that's the thing.

Every beginning must have an ending.

Right now, it hasn't totally hit me yet that I am about to graduate. In less than two weeks, I will be wearing my cap and gown, and will be receiving my diploma - evidence that I have successfully survived one of the toughest challenges I have undertaken.

What's starting to sink in is, I am currently studying for the final final exam that I have to take to complete my bachelor's degree.

I should be excited.

But for now, just as I have always said since I started the program, "I'm more exhausted than excited."

Wish me luck for tomorrow's exams. ;)