Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Degree/Major: Associate Degree (Nursing)
At M State, the instructors want to see you succeed – you know the teachers care. That makes the program so completely different from anything I’ve experienced. On my first day of classes, my instructor told us that she already looked at us as RNs, and I knew I was going to love it here.
We get a lot of hands-on experience in our skills labs, our clinicals – that’s the nice thing I’ve noticed about rural hospitals, you don’t have specialty nurses to do everything. I’ve seen the clinical paperwork that my friends at other colleges do, and our program is as hard or harder than theirs. I look at my classmates and think, ‘Wow, we’re going to be a good group of nurses.’
Something I’ve found at M State is that every student has a story. At M State, there are people from all walks of life – who have other degrees, who had their kids early, who are minorities. That’s something I value because everybody has a story, yet everyone is seen as an equal at M State.