(From left: Heder, Lay Anne, Danielle Tamarah, Rhauzen Jean, Lei Sho, Joannie Rose, Kathleen Jane & Fevy Shane)
“Originally, we were around 60 to 80, and we formed two sections. Now there are just eight of us from the original batch who were able to luckily graduate. You can say it’s been a tough journey. The others either took a different degree instead or moved to other universities; some have to stay longer while some left school and didn’t continue.”
“We spent 2,000+ duty hours at the hospital. In a week we divide our focus on two things – we do academics on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and we spend our Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the hospital.”
Can you name one thing that you think enabled you – in a major way – to make it?
Heder: “Having focus is really important. A lot of times you will be forced to miss out on social activities, but that’s how it is.”
Lei Sho: “Also, you’ve got to learn some of those time management skills. It’s often overlooked, but having time management skills will definitely help do the trick.”
Lay Anne: “Courage and faith in yourself – these two have kept me company during those times when I thought I couldn’t go any further.”
Rhauzen Jean: “There has to be that something that drives you – a goal, a reason, an inspiration – and then you have to be connected to that goal, reason, or inspiration as you push on to the finish line.”
Kathleen Jane: “You have to constantly remind yourself that you’ve got to hold on no matter what.”
Fevy Shane: “Determination is absolutely everything.”
What are some of your realizations from your Nursing journey?
Danielle Tamarah: “The whole journey – Nursing, hospital duty – made me realize how fragile life is. It made me reflect on life’s meaning and the deeper things about it. It reminded me that life can be short and that you have to make the most out of it. It’s a cliché but you know what they say – it’s a cliché for a reason.”
Heder: “You have to treat everyone with compassion. We’re all human beings trying to have a life.”
On the whole, what has college taught you?
Lei Sho: “You’ve got to be a team player.”
Fevy Shane: “It won’t be smooth, but all the uncomfortable stuff are part of it all. They form part of the experience.”
Rhauzen Jean: “A lot will happen – some of them good stuff, some of them nasty – but you’ve got to keep going.”
Joannie Rose: “Don’t forget to have some fun. It’s the balance that will make things bearable.”
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