When Your Calling is Clear: Nursing at Saint Mary’s College

When Your Calling is Clear: Nursing at Saint Mary’s College


Having a twin sister is like having a built-in
best friend. We always had that playmate when we were growing
up. And then we did sports so we were on the same
teams so we always had a partner for activities or someone to steal clothes from. Yep, that, too. Maggie was born thirty minutes before me and
she never lets me forget that. She’s the older one. But we’ve always been really great friends. It’s been amazing to get to grow up with
her. She’s like my soulmate. She is a piece of home that I brought to Saint
Mary’s with me. When we were juniors in high school, Megan
was diagnosed with a spinal tumor and for me, it was very scary. She was pretty sick. They showed me the tumor. It was about eight centimeters long on my
lumbar spine. It was such a slow-growing tumor that it didn’t
cause paralysis. If it had grown any faster my nerves would
have been destroyed. Whenever I visited her in the hospital, the
nurses were so awesome to my family and to me. They were very comforting and they helped us through
a very difficult time. And that was sort of the big spark in me to
become a nurse. I had an amazing experience with my nurses
and my physicians. And I really felt like that was my calling. I really wanted to pay it forward. Those nurses were so amazing to me and I wanted
to be that person for someone else. So, that’s how I decided that I wanted to
be a nurse. Going into the college application process,
we had no idea about Saint Mary’s really. We knew our mom went there. She mentioned that Saint Mary’s has a great
nursing program. It’s a free application so why not apply. So we visited and we both fell in love with
Saint Mary’s. We had a wonderful tour guide, a wonderful
experience. We drove down the Ave. It was beautiful. I called dips on Saint Mary’s. No, you didn’t. Yeah, I did. Well, I applied first. I didn’t let Megan know where I was going
because I didn’t want my decision to affect hers. The time was counting down before I needed
to make a decision. And so it came to the May first deadline and
Megan was like, Maggie, I want to go to Saint Mary’s and I was like oh, I’m going there,
too, so I guess we’re going to the same school together. Looking back, I’m very, very that glad Megan
has been on this journey with me at Saint Mary’s. We both have been huge influences on our experiences
and I don’t think I would have made it through without her. As soon as I stepped onto campus, I knew that it
was a place that I could definitely fit in. All of the women I saw on campus just seemed
so…had such a good head on their shoulders. They knew what they were doing. They were comfortable in their own shoes and
that’s kind of where I wanted to be. Saint Mary’s makes it so easy for you to
flourish and become a leader and someone really engaged in the community and the campus. It’s not hard to find a niche here that
you could really, you know, get into and enjoy. Saint Mary’s offers a lot of opportunities
for students to grow in their faith. Learning more about the Catholic faith has
definitely caused me to grow more in my faith. I just finished up my last clinical rotation. I learned so much and I got to make great
connections with the nurses that I worked with. Hope Ministries is a transitional housing
for homeless men, women, and children. I had clinical there for six weeks but it
was a very eye-opening experience to see the pain and the struggle and abuse so many have
gone through. I really enjoyed spending time with the residents. Since Saint Mary’s is a liberal arts school,
as a nurse, I’m coming out a lot more well-rounded than other programs have to offer. We’ve really learned to hone in on the values
of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. And that’s their values of mission and,
you know, service, and just caring for others. Through Saint Mary’s, I’ve been able to
really hone in on those values and apply them to my nursing career. When I found out that I’d be going to the
same school as my twin, I was happier than I thought I would be. Once I made that decision, it was a relief
that I knew someone who was going there and we were going to have that experience together. I have absolutely loved my time at Saint Mary’s
and the biggest reason is because of the people here. I made amazing friendships that I hope to
keep throughout my life. I’ve also met amazing professors, amazing
faculty members, amazing staff members that really genuinely care about the students here
and that has made my college experience ten thousand times better because I know that
people actually care about me here. And I will always remember that.

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