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Ryleigh Jones '23

Nursing and French major

I was hearing remarkable stories about the nursing program, so I decided to attend a visit on a night designated for potential nursing majors. From my first visit, I was sold.

Education

Nursing and French

Hometown

Salem, OH

Selecting Mount

During high school, I lived a half hour away from Mount Union. I was hearing remarkable stories about the nursing program, so I decided to attend a visit on a night designated for potential nursing majors. From my first visit, I was sold. I am a part of the Honors Program and I received the presidential scholarship. It was one of the biggest honors of my life to be selected for such a prestigious award.

A New Home

Your college is your second home. Don’t make any hasty decisions, but if it feels right, pursue it. I knew I was at home during the matriculation ceremony. You don’t always have the ability to choose where you go in life. However, that day I felt that I not only chose Mount Union, it chose me. It supplied me with the means to pursue my success, the mentors to help me reach my goals, and an environment that’s filled with driven people. Mount Union is my second home.

A Future in Nursing

Nursing is an art. The practice is a vital part of the profession, but it isn’t everything. You need to be able to communicate your ideas in a concise and clear manner, to empathize with the strife of your patients, and to be able to think critically. Growing up, I was what I like to refer as a professional patient. I’ve had four open heart surgeries, an operation on my jaw that rendered me incapable of eating for three months, and more hospital stays than I can count. Along the way, I became determined to help people like myself with my extensive medical background. I would currently like to be an NP with a specialization in pediatric cardiology. I would like to utilize my major in French, so it’s possible a move to a Francophone country like Canada is in my future, but only time will tell for sure.

Pursuing a Passion for French

I became friends with an exchange student from Belgium in high school who spoke French. I wanted to make her feel more comfortable with her new surroundings by learning French. I found a passion I never would have considered. I am currently studying abroad in Lyon, France. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. While studying abroad, I’ve faced challenges—namely the language barrier—but to overcome them is a feeling I cannot put into words. You learn not only the language and the culture, but about who you are as an individual and how you fit into the world beyond the one you know. You find that if you’re willing to put yourself out there, you accumulate friends and memories that seem to come out of a work of fiction. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.