MaryAlice Riemann

April 15, 2010

Major: Nursing
Graduation Year: Spring 2010
Hometown: Spring, Texas


Why study nursing?

Making a Difference

There is not one specific thing that made me want to be a nurse, but rather an accumulation of factors.  I knew I wanted to make a difference, to help people, and to feel like I was making a positive impact in another's life. I wanted a profession I could be proud of. One that I would be excited to wake up and go to every morning. Nursing fit all of the above. And when it came time to chose a college and decide a major, there was no question nursing was the career path for me. As a soon to be graduate of the CSB/SJU nursing program, I still feel as excited (if not more) about my decision to become a nurse.


What has been the biggest challenge for you?

Balance of Work and Play

I think the biggest challenge is trying to balance the workload of the nursing curriculum with college life. You want to be involved and try lots of new things while in college, but you also have homework and studying that you must do in order to prepare for class.  Trying to find that balance of "work and play" is tough.  But it is definitely doable. I, for example, am in the nursing program but I also volunteer with Special Olympics, am in ROTC, and have gone on a service trips to both Alaska and Tanzania, Africa while in college. 


What stands out about the CSB/SJU nursing program? 

Program Support

Because our program is relatively small with 45 students in each nursing class, you really get to know the other nursing students and faculty extremely well. The same instructors who teach you, are also out on the floor with you at the Saint Cloud Hospital or the VA for clinical. What stands out is that everyone wants you to succeed and will do whatever it takes to ensure that you do. 


What is the learning environment like?

Expecting the Best

The 4th floor of the Main has become my second home, the faculty like parents, and my peers are some of my best friends.  From the moment I entered into the nursing program I was treated like "a real" nurse.  Our instructors expect the best from us; and are there to help and guide us in the right direction when we need it. We are challenged to think critically and apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to clinical situations.


What advice do you have for students considering a major in nursing? 

Keep the Goal in Mind

The nursing program is tough. At times the workload may be overwhelming. But know that the craziness does end and it is all worth it in the end. If you really want it, you will succeed. Through hard work and the help of the CSB/SJU faculty it is impossible not to.