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Student sets goal to become exceptional nurse

By BY ALLISON MARAK
May 29, 2014 at 12:29 a.m.

Allison Marak

The Victoria Advocate will be publishing student essays from the Victoria College "What's Your Story?" scholarship competition during the next few weeks. Students were asked to write an essay answering the question, "How has Victoria College changed your life?" Winners of the contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by the Victoria College Foundation. We welcome letters and columns from all students.

My entire life, I have aspired to become a nurse - but not just your typical nurse. I have always wanted to become that nurse, who when she walks into the room, the patient instantly lights up because he or she knows that I'm going to brighten their day and truly know what I'm doing.

Nursing is not just a career to me but also a passion. At the end of every day, I want to be able to smile and know that I made a difference in at least one person's life. In working toward achieving my dream of being the best nurse I can be, I know that I need to first get the best education that I can possibly obtain. Victoria College brings more opportunities to my life by providing me with the best education possible, allowing me to obtain an excellent degree in nursing, and by testing my abilities.

When someone asks what college offers an excellent education, I am instantly able to smile and say Victoria College - my college. The professors at Victoria College do not just teach you the minimum and then just pass you in the course just to help you get your degree; they go way beyond that. First of all, Victoria College faculty members take into account your major and apply their course to what you'll need to know for your career as much as possible. Secondly, instructors are willing to take as much time out of their day as necessary to help every one of their students develop a better understanding of any concepts they do not understand.

Although Victoria College's professors have numerous students in their classrooms, they still take a personal interest in each of their students and work to help them understand course material. Lastly, Victoria College offers several out-of-class resources to provide students with further help, such as personal tutors, student instructors, a huge library and multiple computer labs.

When most people think of Victoria College, they instantly think of its excellent nursing program. People come from all over just to attend this program, and I am so proud to say that I will one day be a Victoria College nursing student. While my grandma was in the hospital with cancer, a few of Victoria College's student nurses came in to examine her during their clinicals. Victoria College had prepared them so well that my grandma did not even realize they were student nurses. They had brightened her day by being so kind and polite and by really knowing what they were doing. She was beyond impressed with them, and it made me so excited to know that, one day, I will be provided with the same excellent education as theirs through Victoria College. In order for me to be the best nurse that I can be, I know that I need the best education that I can possibly have. Victoria College will provide me with that opportunity.

Every day, my abilities at Victoria College are tested in a positive way. Victoria College has pushed me to educational limits that I never knew were possible. Professors here have made me realize that I do not need to settle for the minimum education but instead, if I truly test myself, any educational dream I want to achieve is possible. They challenge the students not to be mean professors but, instead, because they believe in their students and know that they are truly capable of accomplishing greater educational goals than the students realize. Just from my first year at Victoria College, I have already realized that I am capable of achieving much greater educational goals for myself than I ever dreamed possible. I take a lot of pride in my school, and I am proud to say that I am a Victoria College Pirate.

Allison Marak is a Victoria College student and plans to attend nursing school. She is a graduate of Industrial High School and lives in Victoria.

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