My name is Jim Martin and I am a nursing major. You know, I didn't always want to go to URI; I didn't always even want to be a nurse. For the better part of my college search, I was dead-set on heading to the West Coast and becoming a dermatologist or a music teacher. Now the very thought of studying a different major at another school seems impossible.
I fell in love with URI by accident. I applied because it is my state school. When I visited the campus and saw the breath-taking scenery that surrounds students taking classes at URI, the idea of attending URI became a strong possibility. Older friends told me that URI prepared them extremely well for their careers. Coming to URI as a nursing major turned out to be one of the best choices I have ever made. Not only can I enjoy the diversity and resources of a large university, but I can also receive an education in a highly focused college that prepares me for a booming career after graduation. When I graduate, I would like to work for about a year in a local hospital gaining general nursing experience. Then I plan to spend a year working in a South American country and learning Spanish before coming back to the United States to work on a graduate degree in either midwifery or anesthesiology. Hopefully, this will lead to a successful career that eventually evolves to include teaching and research.
To be truthful, many of the things you hear about being a student in the College of Nursing are true - the work is tough, classes are stressful, and you need to get up early. But it is NOTHING that you cannot accomplish if you put your mind to it! Thousands of people have done it before you and survived - just keep that in mind. And there are ALWAYS resources available if needed, whether they take the form of a teacher explaining a difficult concept or a tutor at the Academic Enhancement Center giving pointers on how to ace an exam.
Some advice for incoming freshman: sit front and center. Ask questions often. Get to know your professorsand help them know you. Front-load your semester because come final time, life gets absolutely crazy. Don't wait - ask for help as soon as you need it. Make friends within your major in different years because it is always comforting to know someone who understands what you are experiencing and can provide support if needed. To the male nurses: you are needed throughout the field! Your presence will be appreciated and opportunity will always be knocking. And lastly, let go of stress and realize that everything will be okay. The sooner you do, the sooner you will truly enjoy your life.