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Illiana Buccasso ’22
Illiana Buccasso ’22

Illiana Buccasso ’22

Nursing major

Whether it's the ladies in the Caf knowing you by first name or seeing graduates from the 1970's at the football games, you feel the sense of belonging and connection when you come to Mount.

Education

BSN, Nursing 

Hometown

Louisville, Ohio

Attending Mount 

Mount Union has been a part of my life for many years. My mother has dedicated the last nine years to the university as an employee, so I am blessed to attend Mount tuition free. My two older brothers, my sister-in-law, and many very close family friends attended and graduated from Mount. The close knit atmosphere fostered life-long friendships for my siblings and our family, and that was something I wanted from my college experience. The Mount Union community truly is a family. The small class sizes, the personal relationships with professors, the amazing opportunities for clubs and organizations, and the sense of bonding everyone has makes Mount feel like home. Whether it's the ladies in the Caf knowing you by first name or seeing graduates from the 1970's at the football games, you feel the sense of belonging and connection when you come to Mount.

Pursuing Nursing 

Mahatma Ghandi once said, "The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." I like to say that nursing chose me. I have a passion for science, humanity, and advocating for people who may not have a voice themselves. Nursing encompasses all of those things and I feel most myself when I am serving others. I wanted my nursing education to be challenging, but also be supported the entire way by my classmates and professors, so the small class sizes and professor relationships of the nursing program really confirmed my decision.

Nursing Opportunities 

The nursing program offers so many awesome extra learning opportunities. We are lucky enough to have our two labs filled with equipment, supplies, and the mannequins to practice skills on, along with our medical-surgical, pediatrics, and community SIM rooms where we get to practice real life scenarios in the most realistic ways to prepare us for the hospital setting. My favorite experience was this past year we were able to help the Alliance Senior Center give out thousands of COVID vaccinations, I actually got to vaccinate my own grandparents, which was pretty cool and special. We are currently helping administer the vaccines on campus as well.

Future Goals

So much pressure is put on the aesthetics of college, but what's really important is what you'll look back on to tell your grandchildren in 50 years about your college experience. My ultimate career goal is to get my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and do research on neonatal birth defects and genetics, and community outreach nursing for vulnerable populations of pregnant women in underdeveloped countries. Mount Union is preparing me to achieve my goals by giving me a well rounded nursing education and the support/resources to chase opportunities that are bigger and beyond my wildest dreams