Life Lately + Big News

Hi friends, it’s been a long time since I’ve written a personal post. I feel like it’s about time for a full update, with a little backstory of the past year or so. The best possible news of it all…. I started  (pre) nursing school back in 2020! I finally began to chase my dreams, diving straight into uncharted territory. For years I wondered if I could become a nurse, doubting my potential, so I held off. I also doubted I could handle juggling college, school, and balance everything else on my plate. During 2020, I decided to fully commit and jump into a local community college. As a full-time student, I worked hard to make solid grades, and ended up on the Dean’s List both semesters. After my second semester ended, I found out that there was a waitlist for clinicals.

A two to three year waitlist….. 

So that came with a huge decision. To wait, or to transfer out. Except most schools had a 1-3 year waitlist for clinicals… even with there being a nurse shortage in the state of Maine.


So I applied to a few places, and I decided to apply to my dream school. I had zero faith I would get in, even with a high GPA, I knew how selective the school was. To my surprise, I was accepted into my first choice school, into the nursing program, on an insane scholarship. I took awhile to consult family, and pulled the trigger. Last August, I began my first semester at my new school, and felt right at home. Now, I’m just a few weeks away from starting my second year, working towards my Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). This year, I will begin clinicals and I couldn’t be more excited! I finally feel like I’m right where I should be, working towards something I’ve always wanted. I was always told nursing is one of the hardest majors, and now I fully understand why. Being a nursing student is just downright HARD. I truly feel like I am right where I am supposed to be, even though it’s challenging at times.

The past three years have felt busier than ever around here, and I have failed to blog very often, if at all. Overall, I have been focusing my attention more on developing my relationships, spending more time with my husband, traveling, taking care of my health and most importantly – school. Life has been crazy since 2020, and I can not wait to see where the next few years takes me.

I am hopeful that even with my chaotic schedule, I will be able to write new posts as often as I can. My plan going forward is to share topics I care about, whether it’s wellness related, home decor, being a nursing student, or just every day life. If you’re a reader of This Northern Native and have stuck around, I see you, and I appreciate you!


                                                           How has your life been? Share an update with me!

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.