Major: Nursing, IU School of Nursing
What made you want to be involved in Nursing?
My older sister was sick a lot growing up – in and out of hospitals, so I had a lot of exposure to the medical field early on. I was also in the hospital a few times and had two major surgeries. I really connected with the nurses and valued their care during both my hospital experience and my sister’s.
What are you involved in on campus?
I am involved in IUPUI’s Women’s Swimming and Diving team, I’m the co-president of IU School of Nursing’s President’s Council. I also do a lot of volunteer work for my service scholar scholarship and also with the Jaguar’s Reading Club, aqua champs swim lessons through the YMCA, clinic help with IUPUI Health, I participate and help with the Regatta every year, and other campus events.
Post Grad Plans
Upon graduating, I will be taking the Nursing board exam. I’ll either be moving back home or move to Louisville and finding a job there. Going back to school is still a possibility.
When you were younger, what was your dream job?
I always wanted to go to the Olympics and be a professional athlete. On the more serious side, though, I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field – I originally thought I wanted to be a doctor. However, my neighbor, who is like a second dad to me, is a doctor, and he advised me against it.
What was your most enjoyable year?
Freshman year was probably my most enjoyable year. It was the hardest, because of all the injuries and surgeries, but I learned a lot about myself and met a lot of great people – I really found out who I am and who was there for me.
What advice do you have for fellow students?
College is a balancing act. For me, that’s my social life, athletics, and academics. So don’t dedicate yourself all to one thing, because you’ll go crazy. Learn to balance school and what you want to do in your social life. Yes, you can spend a lot of time studying and getting the best grades possible, but you’ll want to remember nights with your friends and teammates. When you’re older, you won’t remember all the hours you spent studying – you’ll remember those fun moments with your friends.
How do you manage your time between athletics and nursing?
There’s a lot of getting up really early. I have 12-hour clinical shifts that I have to do for Nursing, and then I have practice, usually twice a day. My coaches do a good job of working with me; we set up a time when I can swim or lift before or after my shift. People call me a grandma because I go to bed at nine o’clock every night; I have to in order to function the next day. Also, I never take naps, because every minute I’m trying to be productive. So, in summary, it’s all about getting up early and not wasting any time. This morning I got up at 4:50 – we had practice from 5:30-8:30.
What do you do in your free time?
I watch TV. My guilty pleasure is watching Dancing with the Stars. I also like coloring adult coloring books. It’s a great de-stressor. I have a boyfriend, so I like to visit him and hang out with his mini-Australian Shepherd (although he’s not actually mini – he’s about 50 lb.).
Looking back, what are some of the ways that IUPUI has shaped you?
In order, when I first got here from Michigan, I had to branch out, make friends, and survive in a new city, so it really helped me to be independent. I had to figure out a lot of stuff on my own. I’m one of three girls in my family, so I always had my older or younger sister with me when I was in school, but when I got here I really had to learn to be by myself. Then, when tragedy struck, I couldn’t swim and had to have major surgery, but IUPUI was behind me all the way. They made sure I saw the right doctors, and they didn’t give up on me. Since I was new and had a scholarship to perform for the school, when I wasn’t able to, I felt like I let people down, but they never turned away or gave up. To be able to have them behind me and get back on track and be able to perform for them was one of the greatest moments of my life. Since they did so much for me, I want to do so much for them, so I’m constantly trying to prove myself. Then, last year, being one of the few IUPUI female athletes to get an NCAA cut was huge – it was so great! Having the school, all the coaches, and everyone there, celebrating with me, it really showed me that if you work hard, anything is possible. Then, on the academic side, I’ve had so many great teachers that know my athletic schedule and have worked with me to make sure I get all my Nursing requirements in. If I have any difficulties, they’re always helping me out, and the athletic department always tries to solidify any academic-athletic conflicts that arise. All in all, my biggest takeaway would be that IUPUI has shaped me to be the best version of myself; work hard, never give up, and anything is possible.