Happy Valentine’s Day!

Beth Dumbauld

Valentine’s DayBy Danielle Koons

You were expecting a clever line, weren’t you? I can’t be clever when I’m so giddy about the coming holiday! I love Valentine’s Day. The entire month of February is riddled with ooey-gooey love notes, red roses, pink heart cut-outs, and fat little babies shooting people with love darts. What’s not to like?

The only thing that bothers me about it is that Valentine’s Day heralds the beginning of college tests… Sometime around the second week of February, all the teachers get together and connive. Yes, connive. They put all the tests in the same week and watch as we struggle to cram for four or five different tests—while also trying to maintain the giddiness and joy of the coming day of love.

Level: Extremely Difficult.

Mission: Accomplished.

How, you may ask? Because I don’t think of Valentine’s Day as “Singles’ Awareness Day” like all the lonely people do. (Where do they all come from, anyway?) If you love yourself, Valentine’s Day is still a dang good day. And I do love myself. In fact, you should love you, too!

Here’s why:

  1. You have fabulous taste in blogs. Seriously.
  2. You’re on the StraighterLine website, so you must have a desire to further your education. That’s pretty awesome.
  3. It’s Valentine’s Day! And…
  4. You’re really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Sometimes I buy myself flowers and a heart-shaped box of chocolates and address them to me from me. With an awesome card saying how much I admire myself. Why? Psh! Why NOT? You should love you, and don’t be afraid to say it out loud in a crowded elevator.

Personally, I prefer hearts made of candy. Perhaps you enjoy hearts made of living tissue? (Gross, but to each their own.) StraighterLine offers a ton of classes that steer your education into a career in healthcare, or even just give you enough information to get a heart started again after you’ve stopped it with your dazzlingness. Here are a few:

First Aid/CPR
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
Medical Terminology

Valentine’s Day and flowers and candy and kisses can make a heart beat faster, and even skip a beat, but it won’t keep the heart going. These classes are important if you want to be the one who truly mends a broken heart, the one who keeps the heart beating. We need people like you in healthcare so that people like us can be around a little while longer to live and to love. And eat enough holiday candy that we clog our arteries. But we have you for that, too!

So what do you say? Is today the day you decide to give a career in healthcare or nursing a try?

I hope it is! But I have to go; I have a lot of studying to do. I’ve been taking myself out on so many awesome dates that I haven’t had any time to hit the books!

Good luck, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Danielle Koons spends her time going to school for a stupid Bachelor of Science degree, smelling like wet dog (courtesy of her job as a groomer), and pretending to be a famous writer. But not a boring stuffy writer. A cool writer like Lewis Carroll, so she can ignore the “rules” of the English language and make up her own words.

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