Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic. This is the web home of Nathaniel Bland: Former Firefighter, Paramedic, EMS Educator, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, and student.
So of all the things I’ve done, classes I’ve taken, certifications I’ve worked for, and classes I’ve taught, by far the most challenging thing I’ve done has been paramedic school. We are by no means done, but as I look at the schedule posted on the wall next to me, I see that I have about 3.5 weeks of class left with new material. There’s 5.5 weeks of the semester left then finals week. During the last 1-2 weeks, we study for our comprehensive final. Whew!
I say this has been the most challenging, but not the hardest thing I’ve ever done, because of the myriad of ways that I’ve been challenged. The obvious one is the course work. There’s so much to learn, remember, and apply; so much that it seems overwhelming and huge, but everyone in my class has done it! We’ve survived the weekly exams, skills tests, quizzes, projects, drug sheets, discussion posts, and countless hours spent reading and studying. I’m not 100% sure how we did it, but it’s happened so far. The end is now in sight and we buckle down for the final stretch.
Week 1 wasn't horribly hard, but it was trying. This week was crazy with the amount of reading and watching I've done: hours and hours of watching videos and reading book chapters. I feel like I've learned a lot and come a good distance this week. Though, one class is giving me more trouble than the others.
I think the biggest thing has been self-discipline to do work each day. Even if it’s only 3 hours, as I’ve done that each day it has made the work be much more manageable. I’ve also found that breaks in the studying to do something different have really helped. After a few hours, I like to go to the gym and workout for an hour or so. Sometimes it’s hard to convince myself to go do it, but it keeps me healthy which is huge in this course! I refuse to get sick on my professors timeline of early December, so I’m keeping a proper diet and keeping up with exercise. (Click "Read More")