As a nurse who did not and currently does not work in a hospital, I could never truly understand the ones who are and did during COVID-19. I do, however, remember seeing and hearing about so many nurses collapsing from exhaustion due to being overworked. The day I heard that the government might force nursing students into hospitals I was terrified. I also felt like a coward for being so afraid of working when so many of my friends were. Later that day when I went to my zoom class, my teacher clarified that we would not have to work full time mandatorily. I was relieved. I realized at that moment that I was, for the first time in my career, actually afraid to work because I did not want to collapse. This taught me just how demanding, rigorous and difficult being a nurse is. And I am proud to work in this field alongside so many strong people.