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Kate's Story



  • Hometown: Madison, Virginia
  • Major: Nursing
  • Household: Stella Mariae
  • Activities: Intramural Football and Frisbee; SENT Ministries


I wanted two things out of a college education: I wanted an academic foundation that would help me succeed in this life, and I wanted a spiritual foundation that would help me succeed in the next life.


I found both at Franciscan University.


As a nursing student, my classes are very challenging. The classroom work is tough, and you have to push yourself to do well. We also start clinicals earlier than nursing students do at other schools, so that means lots of hands-on experience in the hospital.


And then, there's the spiritual component. I want to get to heaven, and I figured the best way to do that was to go to a school that could teach me how to live out my faith for the rest of my life. That's what Franciscan does. It's an amazing community, filled with genuinely good people, living lives centered on the Catholic faith.


The best thing about Franciscan though is that the academics and the faith perspective aren't separate: the Church's teachings are integrated into every class, not just theology classes.


That integration is especially important in nursing. When I was nine, I had leukemia. I've never forgotten how kind the nurses were to me, and ever since then, I've wanted to work in pediatric oncology. I want to help children in the same way those nurses helped me.


And that's what my time here is preparing me to do: I'm acquiring the skills I need to be the best nurse I can be, and I'm learning how to uphold the dignity of the human person in the medical field, to care for the body and the soul.


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