Pinning on Thursday began with a class picture:
I graduated with 58 other nursing students. It was fun to see everyone all dressed up!
The ceremony was much more elegant than I expected. We used Benson Great Hall, which is a beautiful auditorium with high wooden ceilings and a beautiful organ. It is the same space that was used for the baccalaureate service later that night and our graduation the next day.
Two of my four siblings were able to make it to the ceremony...the rest of them joined us for dinner at Big Bowl. YUM!
My classmate and I right after graduation finished.
Two of the three girls that helped get me through the program!
I want a big beautiful oak tree in my yard some day...
I have no idea what I am doing with my hand here, but I like this picture :)
So graduation is graduation I guess, but pinning was pretty special. I teared up a little when our class speaker said a few words. I actually can't believe I didn't end up bawling the entire weekend because the whole week before hand I was in tears just thinking about graduation! Lets just say after six years as an undergraduate, it was about time!!!!!
This last weekend reminded me how lucky I was to go to a school where we can talk openly about our faith and incorporate it into the most meaningful events of our lives. I don't think nursing school would have been the same if we didn't have prayer and devotions before some of our classes. I know it has made me a better person, and will make me an even more wonderful nurse.
At the baccalaureate service we were given servant towels that said "Follow me" -Jesus. They were given to us to remind us that as we leave college, and the environments that we feel safe in that we have a greater responsibility, and that is to serve others and to serve God. The President talked about how a lot of people refer to Bethel as a bubble where people live sheltered lives and how he doesn't agree with that. Bethel was a place where we learned about our faith and values, and now, as graduates, we have to bring our faith into what we do and to the people that we meet. We were given communion, and our families prayer for us, and overall, it was a really great service and time of worship and I just can't imagine it being as meaningful if I had stayed at NDSU.
Right now I am just bursting with gratitude and praise for God. He he has been so faithful to me and has always attended to my every need. I know a lot of people are concerned with finding a job now, but I am so at peace with my situation. I am so happy. I know that the right thing will come up at the right time. It always has, and I'm sure it always will. That's not to say it will be easy, but like we were told during baccalaureate, there is no job that is insignificant.
"1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace."
So I guess that's where I'm at. Graduated, with no job. I am just going to spend the next three-four weeks preparing for my board examine. I don't have any plans to continue looking for jobs. I am just going to focus on one thing at a time. If a place that I have already applied to calls, great. If not, that's okay too. I will worry about it when I pass the NCLEX at the end of June/beginning of July!