Student Spotlight: Kristina Doria
Kristina Doria always wanted a career that involved helping others.
"I decided I wanted to be a nurse in eighth grade," she said. "I started volunteering at LaGrange Hospital and I loved it. My senior year in high school, I attended the Technology Center of DuPage to get my certification as a certified nursing assistant. After that, I absolutely knew nursing was the career for me."
Doria began attending College of DuPage right after high school and earned both her Associate in Science and Associate in Arts in 2013. Now in the Nursing program, she will graduate with her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2014.
"When I took the prerequisites for nursing, I loved the faculty, the small class sizes, and the personal attention the teachers gave each student. Most teachers also had a sense of humor, which I liked," she said. "The school provides state-of-the-art facilities and lab equipment to prepare me for my future in becoming the best nurse I can be. All of my teachers have been very knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach. They all care about their students and provide them with support and motivation."
While at College of DuPage, Doria received the Mary Pollard Scholarship for Nursing and Community Commitment. It was a meaningful award, as she's been involved in community service since she was in middle school.
"I always loved helping others," she said. "I was in the Girl Scouts, which was what started me out. I began volunteering at LaGrange Hospital in 2007. I also baked cookies and went door-to-door and sang to the elderly around Christmas. I volunteered at different churches putting food baskets together for others around Thanksgiving. I helped collect and sew comforting Teddy bears for children who have lost their parents."
After receiving her RN, Doria would like to pursue her bachelor's and master's degrees. She then would like to work as a nurse and eventually move into hospital administration or nursing education.
She credits College of DuPage for providing a strong Nursing program that is preparing her for her future.
"The program is not easy, but with time management and good study habits, it is possible," she said. "You need to be committed and use all the resources you have. The books give you great websites to review chapters and teachers are always willing to answer questions and help students. Other great resources you have are the library and student tutors.
"I would tell other students to take advantage of every opportunity. Practice your nursing skills because it will definitely prepare you for careers after graduation. Finally, always ask a question if you have one during class. No question is every stupid, and chances are at least one other person in the class had the same question."
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