“Leadership is really powerful. Being a student leader
is something I believe in – it shows me the pathway and
I can help show other students how to be in the nursing field
and how to find out things, even in challenging ethical situations.
When I was a pre-nursing student someone talked to me about
the Student Nursing Association, and I ended up going to one
of the meetings. The president took me in, and I looked to her
as a leader – she was like my preceptor in my nursing career.
She inspired me and that’s what I want to do – show
someone how to find externships, jobs, people, connections, events – basically
show someone the pathway into nursing.
When I first started, I wanted to make sure the kinds of classes
we were taking really related to real life nursing. And I found
out they are. UIC is good because the curriculum follows what
I take charge more now, by being a leader. I can make decisions – not
easier, but quicker. I have more experience taking charge. If
I’m in a group of students and the instructor asks a question,
I can answer faster. If it’s wrong, I’ll learn from
I love being around people, communicating with people, working
with them. All the volunteering and service work I do through
the Student Nursing Association has taught me how to be involved