Cristina Gelonese ‘19

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Canfield, Ohio

Member of the Student Nursing Organization, president of Student Alumni Association and a peer tutor for nursing

Minor Biology

Future Nurse

Choosing Mount Union
I chose Mount Union because it felt like home the second I stepped foot on campus. From the beautiful campus lakes to the 13:1 student to staff ratio, Mount Union became my home away from home. Mount Union has a very welcoming atmosphere that contains professors who care about the well-being of every student they encounter. The Purple Raider pride shines through every student, faculty and staff member making campus an enjoyable environment.

More than a Second Home
The atmosphere on campus is very supportive, friendly, and genuine. Professors want to build a relationship with their students and truly want to see students succeed. When I think of home, I think of a place where I am surrounded by positive, supportive people who want to see me succeed. Home is where you are loved unconditionally. It is a place where you can be unapologetically yourself without fear of judgement.

Role Models in Fellow Students
Caitie Shimp ‘17 was my Preview Guide the summer leading into my freshman year of college. She is an excellent role model whose opinion I value greatly. Caitie has shown me how hard work, dedication and a simple smile can take you a long way.

Choosing the Nursing Major
An innate desire to help those in need and the belief that helping others is a self-less and gratifying experience initiated my thoughts of becoming a medical professional. My passion was fueled in high school when I took an Anatomy and Physiology course. However, several college courses, such as pharmacology, pathophysiology and health assessment, have skyrocketed my interest in the medical field.

Deciding on a Field
Mount Union’s Nursing program is helping me narrow down my decision by introducing me to several different fields of nursing such as Geriatrics, Medical Surgical, Obstetrics, etc. Many of our clinical locations allow students to develop connections with staff members who can recommend students for summer jobs that will potentially lead to full-time positions after graduation.

The Art of Nursing
As nursing majors, we are taught nursing is not only a science, but an art as well. Art does not come from drawing, painting, or making music, but rather from learning how to creatively communicate with those in need. The science of nursing and the art of nursing go hand in hand in the clinical setting.

As nursing majors, we are taught nursing is not only a science, but an art as well. Art does not come from drawing, painting, or making music, but rather from learning how to creatively communicate with those in need.

Fun Facts

Where is your favorite travel destination
Siesta Key, FL
What is your favorite holiday, and why?
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because it is a day dedicated to simply showing your appreciation for all that you have and everyone you have in your life.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
“Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.”
What did you want to be when you grew up as a kid?
A Doctor
What is your most used emoji?
My most used emoji is the 😂 emoji which shows the importance of never taking life too seriously!
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