"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Exactly one year ago, the three of us were all sitting in our respective homes, toiling over our half-baked Comprehensive Exams for UCSF. At that moment graduation felt as if it would never come. We were utterly consumed by the minutia of our weekly clinical/academic tasks.
While today it feels like a clichéd eternity ago (phew), the reflection does bring into perspective how much one NP student can grow and change in a year's time. <huge sigh> Unreal. It was, indeed, one wild ride. Against all our own predictions, however, the experience organically came together and we did survive.
I still hold that the reason our cohort was successful in navigating through the muck of graduate school is because we had wonderful friends, classmates and professors to lean on. I have two that need specific mention and praise -- Emily and Sarah (as seen above in their fancy selves). Without these two lovely ladies, the site may never have been pushed from a vision into a reality. Without these two, surviving graduate school would have been exponentially more difficult and a whoooole lot less fun. I am so grateful every day for their big brains and their even bigger hearts.
Call it post-holiday mushiness (but since we are on a roll), I also know I speak for the three of us when I say that we are beyond honored to be collaborating with you all, too. The site has been such a gift to create and develop. With your continuous, wonderful feedback and support from all corners of the map, I am more confident than ever that we can continue to build the perfect pediatric primary care brain meld for everyone to enjoy.
Alright, to the point.
From all of us at NP Student, we wish you the very best in this New Year! May your own journeys flourish into your wildest dreams. Remember to relish your academic and clinical immersion; you may/will miss it one day. Also remind yourself that if you are ever feeling off-track, you can (and should) feel confident that the process is worth the effort. Being a NP is truly amazing.
Happy New Year,
Creator and Managing Editor of NP Student
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