Category: Academics

My Nursing Experience

My nursing experience is ongoing. On Thursday, March 5th the Diecke Center for Nursing and Health Sciences welcomed, me and the nursing class of 2017, in a ceremony. The class of 2017 was dressed spectacularly while the classes of 2015 and 2016 sat in the rows behind. As effective as the ceremony was, this is just one aspect of my early experiences my nursing education. I am pleased with the simulation lab located in the lower level of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. It is equipped with advanced technology and more spacious than when the SimLab was located on campus. Having the SimLab inside an outstanding hospital provides the inching feeling of being able to soon work in a grandeur setting.

 

The curriculum is extremely difficult. I was used to having courses like Anatomy and Physiology meeting three times a week for an hour, which now looking back is actually better since there is plenty of opportunity for review. However, for my nursing courses, since we have SimLab and class once a week, it means that we have less classroom time to soak in the information, contemplate, and ask questions. There is a lot of reading – more than I could comprehend. When you are unsure about reading, your classmates may also have the same questions as you. It takes a lot of confidence to ask the professors because you anticipate them to tell you to check in the book (which you just did!).

 

One of the things that helped me succeed in previous courses is taking a mock-exam, conjuring up questions that target how well I know the vocabulary, concepts, and issues. It’s all about adjustment. We learn to adapt to our environment to survive. And we will survive.

AP Courses Saves!

What would have happened if I had taken all AP courses available to me in high school? I would have more flexibility in my college studies!

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First-Second Semester

There is a difference in the way I approached my first and second semester. In my first semester of college, I was all about making connections. Big Questions and First Year Seminar bombarded every freshman all Elmhurst had to offer. In Big Questions, students are meeting more than 500 new faces and interacting with most of them during activities, residence hall meetings, and break time. It’s hard not to make a network of friends right away and start expanding. Even after Big Questions, several programs of the college like the Center for Professional Excellence, the Niebuhr Center, and the Patterson Center for the Health Professions keeps in contact with students for opportunities to heighten your college experience and accolades. Like a curious student, I looked into the mission statement of each center and what they had to offer. However, my involvement with several co-curricular activities also became my downfall in receiving a less-than-desired GPA.

 

My objective for second semester was to prioritize the sole purpose of my being in college – succeed academically and earn a degree. I have narrowed my priorities to one co-curricular activity (Student Government Association) and attending limited events on campus. I also realized that to stand out to employers I needed to gain work experience and sought out a job at my local Panda Express. Focusing on academics doesn’t equal limiting my acquaintances. Since Elmhurst College is a small college, I constantly pass by friends and club members. Some of the things that helped me realign with my goals is by making deadlines. There was a countdown app that reminds me every day how many days until an exam, events, and the end of the semester. Thinking of the bigger picture college will only be a short four years so focusing on my time on the things that matter is what really counts.

 

 

Creative Dramatics

It was an excellent choice enrolling in Creative Drama (Theater-320) for J-term.

 

When people ask me about the class, I often respond that the class engages in a plethora of activities.

It suffices the 300-level and fine arts requirement. Of course the class still consists of the assignments

such as daily journals, a research paper and group work, all culminating to a personal resource portfolio.

 

At first, it seemed that we were just playing games. But each game has a purpose that contributes

to the drama-theater goals, developmental goals, and leadership. What I love most about the course is

that it constantly challenges each student to make connections with the mentioned goals to their field of study

whether it is in the health professions, social justice, or education.

The month long course prepares the class to host approximately 60 third grade students in a day filled with fun learning activities.

 

It is true that your J-term will allow you to take courses and meet people you would not have otherwise in your major’s curriculum.

There have been guest artists that led workshops for the class…one was Elmhurst College Alumni, Michael Monoccio
and the other was a student in the class, Britnee Ruscitti who graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Even if you are not a theater major or a theater-education major, you will appreciate everythingthe course offers.

Enjoy and have fun!