Why did you decide to attend Duquesne University School of Nursing?
When I came to Accepted Student Day in February 2019, I really felt at home. Hearing
some current students talk about their experiences at Duquesne as a nursing student
helped me picture myself in their shoes a few years later. It was nice touring the
Sim lab and also talking to Sister Mary Myers. Doing all of these things helped me
to solidify my choice to attend Duquesne University School of Nursing to pursue my
What does an average "day in the life" look like for a Duquesne Nursing student?
Let's just say lots of classes and studying. All weeks are different, though. Most
days this semester I have two classes, which is pretty nice. I start my day pretty
early at 8 or 9:25 a.m. Then I have a break for lunch, and then I have class again
at 1 or 1:40 p.m. I'm usually done my classes by 3 p.m. Sometimes you do have late
night classes that start at 6 p.m.
Clinical days start at 6:30 a.m., so I'm usually up by 5 and out the door by 6. These
days are my favorite because I spend the whole day learning my way through different
nursing tasks hands on. You really get to experience what a workday is like at the
Do you know what type of nurse you want to become and/or your career goals?
When I was little, I spent a lot of my time in and out of hospitals and worrying about
my health. The nurses that I came in contact with were always so caring and did everything
they could to make my hospital stay as enjoyable as possible. They inspired me to
do the same for others. I know firsthand what it's like to have a restrictive medical
condition, and I want to help those going through the same thing I did. At the moment,
I'm not sure exactly what type of nurse I want to become but I do have a larger career
goal. My main goal is to become a traveling nurse so I can help countries and people
whose health care isn't the best. But that all starts with me earning my BSN.
What do you like about Pittsburgh?
You never get bored in Pittsburgh. There are so many places to explore and things
going on; there's always something to do. Being on the Bluff in downtown Pittsburgh
is also really nice. It gives you easy access to Point State Park, the South Side
and the North Shore. My favorite thing to do is go for walks. In the South Side, there's
lots of cool shops and restaurants to check out. One of my favorites being The Cheesecake
Factory. Downtown you can check out Market Square, where the Winter Market takes place
around Christmas, or the North Shore, where the Steelers' stadium and the Andy Warhol