When it comes to “firsts,” Nick’s Emmanuel experience is full of them. He is a member of the first cohort of the College’s traditional undergraduate nursing program, which has created a special connection with his classmates. “Being a member of the inaugural cohort provides many opportunities for learning and growth,” he said. “Without any cohorts above to give us advice, my classmates and I have built a close-knit connection built on collaboration, communication, and a mutual appreciation for the experience that we are sharing.”
In addition to his nursing coursework and clinical work, Nick is also a Resident Assistant in a first-year residence hall, an Admissions Ambassador and a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He credits his cocurricular activities for broadening his experiences and interactions with diverse groups of students, which will aid him in his nursing career. “As a nurse I will have patients of many different backgrounds, and I want to be able to provide inclusive care to all patients, and be educated on different cultures, religions, races, ethnicities, and identities. Involving myself on campus has provided me with so many amazing opportunities, and has helped to create many life-long friendships.”
Excited for what the future holds, Nick is confident in his future path. He plans to spend the next two years at Emmanuel striving for success in academics as a student-nurse, as well as success in his social and mental health as an individual. After graduation, he hopes to stay in Boston, gaining experience in Emergency and ICU settings, as well as spending some time as a travel nurse. His ultimate goal is to receive his Master of Science in Nursing to become a Nurse Anesthetist.
“It may be early, but what good is a plan if you do not leave room for revisions?” he said. “Simply, but most importantly, I plan to spend my next few years living a life that I can look back on in 50 years and be proud of.”