Purposeful LivesLindy W., senior, BSN
The first time I remember having an interest in a health-related field was as a young child. I had a strong desire to help other people who were in need. It wasn’t long before I realized that the health field required more than just a desire to help others but also a willingness to care for people emotionally and physically when they are most vulnerable. I was confident that I had a heart to help others emotionally but I was not so sure about physically. After high school I went on to college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where I pursued a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and became certified to teach math to secondary education students. At that time my thoughts of pursuing any other career began to fade because I did not want to go back to school and there was still the uncertainty of whether or not I would be willing to care for others’ physical needs. It wasn’t until after I had my own children, the reality of my own aging parents, my personal experience of surgery, and the terminal illness of my father-in-law and his death, that my heart was jump started back to the health field.
Being a Kerrville resident, I was pleased to learn that Schreiner University was starting a BSN program. To be honest, I did not have high expectations for a small town university starting a new BSN program. I humbly confess that Schreiner University has exceeded above and beyond what I imagined! Since enrolling in January 2011, I have been impressed with the quality of instructors employed by the university and the remarkable students I have met. The challenge of nursing school has taught me how to be more flexible. It has given me greater confidence to advocate for others and myself, and has given me a drive to persevere. Schreiner University has provided me the opportunity to help others during clinical rotations and also during our recent medical mission trip to Costa Rica. These experiences have given me a greater appreciation for life and have inspired me to think about how I can continue to make a difference in others’ lives.