Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
"Your peers can be your greatest support system."
My greatest challenge by far was getting through the Nursing Program here at UMass Dartmouth. At no point in time was it easy, but it was definitely manageable.
Time management is essential for all college students to be successful, and transitioning from high school schedules to hectic college schedules is not easy. The University does, however, offer resources and guidance to help you along the way. It is essential to get help if you need it, and utilize all that is available to you.
GET INVOLVED. Many might look at getting involved as being a deterrent, taking away from your limited leisure time, and just being another chore, but no student should miss the opportunity! I can tell you that getting involved at UMass Dartmouth allowed me to branch out, and explore other interests of mine.
There are a multitude of programs, clubs, committees, etc., that make it easy for anyone to become involved— there is certainly something that will fit one of your interests and allow you to better discover your strengths, and help you improve on your weaknesses.
The greatest thing I have learned from other students, especially those in the College of Nursing, is that most likely they are encountering the same obstacles you are. Get out there, make friends, and ask for advice. Your peers can be your greatest support system.
It is important to remember, though, that who you choose to hang out with can make or break you. So my advice is to choose friends that have like-minded goals—so that you are not held back on their behalf. Your success is dependent on how much work you put into reaching your goals.
I would like to thank my family first and foremost—listening to me vent, offering me advice, and giving me support when the going got tough. They have been there supporting me through this chapter of my life, and without them I would not be as successful as I have been here at UMass Dartmouth. Thanks for helping me believe that I can do anything I put my mind to.
I would also like to thank all the faculty in the College of Nursing for their outstanding support. The faculty was always there to foster my learning, and push me to greater heights. They showed me that they truly care about the success of their students, and that all they want is for us to be the best.