Nursing

Student Ambassadors

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Marc Albesa, '23

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I found that it has a great nursing program. In addition, I fell in love with the school environment during my first tour of the university. The students and staff here are awesome!

What are your career goals?
I plan to work in a med-surge or intensive care unit for a couple years before I start working as a travel nurse. Then, I would like to become a nurse practitioner and open my own practice.

What are three words that describe you?
Charismatic, kind, encouraging

What is a fun fact about you?
I didn't eat pizza until I was 18.

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Amy Barto, '22

Hometown: Findlay, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
My dad went to UC and attained both his law and chemical engineering degrees here, so I grew up a Bearcat. But UC's nursing program stood out the most among all of the schools I applied to, mostly due to the co-op and networking opportunities. I also felt that UC would give me the most room to grow in my education, professional and personal life.

What are your career goals?
I would love to see myself working in an inpatient setting on a pediatric oncology floor or in a neonatal intensive care unit or pediatric intensive care unit. After a few years, I would love to go back to school to earn my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I also hope to become a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) as well as a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC).

What are three words that describe you?
Hardworking, empathetic, compassionate

What is a fun fact about you?
I've been a dancer for almost 20 years and I picked up rock climbing in college.

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Sydney Berberick, '24

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I felt so confident in the nursing program and its ability to develop me into the best nurse I can be. After touring the college and meeting a few of the faculty members, I felt that I would be supported and cared for throughout my time in the program. UC has given me so many experiences and opportunities; I know I made the perfect choice.

What are your career goals?
My career goals after graduation include working in an intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, being a travel nurse and, further down the road, being an orthopedic intensive care unit nurse at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

What are three words that describe you?
Encouraging, kind, motivated

What is a fun fact about you?
I love to crochet!

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Sarah Bussard, '24

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because the nursing program is one of the best in the country.

What are your career goals?
I would like to be a travel nurse and, later, attend graduate school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

What are three words that describe you?
Supportive, determined, goal-oriented

What is a fun fact about you?
I traveled to Greece and Italy with my best friend.

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Danielle Cheff, '24

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because the College of Nursing offers so many amazing opportunities that other nursing schools cannot provide. Between the high-quality classes, numerous hospitals near campus and the direct-admission process, the choice was clear!

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I would love to work in pediatrics and I plan on becoming a traveling pediatric nurse after gaining a few years of experience. Eventually, I want to go back to school to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

What are three words that describe you?
Determined, kind-hearted, ambitious

What is a fun fact about you?
I have family members who went to UC!

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Hannah Dion, '22

Hometown: Belleville, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC after my first campus visit. When I was walking on campus, it felt like home.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I will commission as an officer and nurse in the U.S. Navy. After I become a confident bedside nurse, I plan to return to school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

What are three words that describe you?
Spontaneous, adventurous, driven

What is a fun fact about you?
I taught myself how to drive a stick shift!

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Kate Falkner, '24

Hometown: Columbus, Indiana

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because it is a big school with a small-school feel. It isn't too far from home and the nursing program is top ranked in the nation with a ton of resources to help me become successful as a nurse.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I hope to become a travel nurse and then potentially go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.

What are three words that describe you?
Outgoing, passionate, dependable

What is a fun fact about you?
I was born in Cincinnati.

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Theresa Ferdiny, '23

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I loved all the opportunities that UC offered, not only in the College of Nursing, but also outside of the classroom with the beautiful campus and amazing extracurriculars!

What are your career goals?
My ultimate goal is to deliver health care to those in underpriviledged communities throughout the world! I really want to travel and help in places where it's needed.

What are three words that describe you?
Loving, helpful, cheerful

What is a fun fact about you?
I'm left-handed! For some reason, that always shocks people when they find out.

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Ashley Gilliland, '24

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
UC's nursing program really impressed me. I trust UC to prepare me the best for my future career in nursing because of how much the professors prioritize student learning and success.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I want to continue school to become a nurse practitioner.

What are three words that describe you?
Dedicated, compassionate, strong

What is a fun fact about you?
I am training for a triathlon.

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Zoë Hardaway, '23

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I loved the atmosphere when I first stepped foot on this campus! The staff and students were incredibly friendly and helpful.

What are your career goals?
I want to work in an emergency department and eventually become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

What are three words that describe you?
Zealous, motivated, open-minded

What is a fun fact about you?
I have eaten crickets before. (P.S., They are good.)

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Gabriella Iordache, '24

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I wanted to experience a different environment than what I was used to.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I want to go to graduate school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

What are three words that describe you?
Hard-working, positive, generous

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a nationally certified EMT.

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Kursten Jones, '23

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because it was close to home and had so many opportunities in regards to local hospitals.

What are your career goals?
I am not sure which nursing specialty I am interested in, but I know I would like to spend time at the bedside in an inner-city hospital.

What are three words that describe you?
Patient, kind, smart

What is a fun fact about you?
I traveled to Atlanta and visited the Coca-Cola museum where I tried different sodas from all over the world.

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Linnea Kunesh, '24

Hometown: Powell, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because of the welcoming and accepting atmosphere!

What are your career goals?
After gradution, I hope to eventually obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

What are three words that describe you?
Curious, resilient, compassionate

What is a fun fact about you?
I completed a triathlon!

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Zion Kyle Lascano, '23

Hometown: St. Mary's, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because of its location. Growing up, I was always immersed in the bustling milieu of Manila, Philippines, but after moving to the U.S., I lived in the rural areas of Ohio. I longed for the urban jungles that I was familiar with, so when I chose my college, I chose to attend one located in the Queen City: University of Cincinnati.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I plan on entering the field as a registered nurse to gather knowledge and experience. Once I feel confident enough in my skills, I plan on exploring the U.S. as a travel nurse.

What are three words that describe you?
Adventurous, open-minded, curious

What is a fun fact about you?
I can shape my tongue into a three-leaf clover.

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Kate McCauley, '24

Hometown: Lewis Center, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because of its direct-admit nursing program. I liked how close this school is to my hometown. I love the atmosphere of this school and fell in love with all the opportunities this school provides.

What are your career goals?
I hope to become a pediatric or neonatal nurse practitioner. I also hope to explore the opportunities that travel nursing provides.

What are three words that describe you?
Determined, goal-oriented, outgoing

What is a fun fact about you?
I have two different colored eyes.

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Emily Plummer, '22

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I love how inclusive the College of Nursing is and the great hospitals I can learn at for my clinicals!

What are your career goals?
I would like to pursue critical care and eventually become a nurse practitioner.

What are three words that describe you?
Friendly, open-minded, adventurous

What is a fun fact about you?
My favorite animal is the snail!

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Parker Rabe, '23

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
UC is the perfect fit for me. I love the feeling of it being a larger campus and having sporting events to attend. Also that UC has the direct-admit nursing program was a was a big reason.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I hope to work in critical care for two years and then go back to school to become a nurse anesthetist.

What are three words that describe you?
Kind, hardworking, compassionate

What is a fun fact about you?
I absolutely love pumpkin anything.

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Sylvia Reynolds, '24

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I loved the campus and the College of Nursing. The fact that the program directly admits students and the college's close proximity to hospitals are what made UC stand out to me.

What are your career goals?
In the future, I hope to work as an RN in an emergency department. After a couple years, I want to become a travel nurse.

What are three worlds that describe you?
Hard-working, positive, gregarious

What is a fun fact about you?
I am going on a cross-country trip this upcoming summer.

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Rey Riggins, '23

Hometown: West Chester, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because it's close to home and it's a place with which I was familiar. I love the atmosphere of the campus.

What are your career goals?
My goal is to become a psychiatric nurse and eventually go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.

What are three words that describe you?
Creative, easy-going, introverted

What is a fun fact about you?
I don't have a middle name.

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Libby Rismiller, '23

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana

Why did you choose UC?
I chose to go to UC because I loved everything it has to offer. The variety of hospitals within walking distance is incredible and I fell in love with the city as a whole.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, I want to become a pediatric oncology nurse and maybe move out west.

What are three words that describe you?
Energetic, optimistic, compassionate

What is a fun fact about you?
I currently have chickens in my backyard at home.

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Alicia Shepard, '23

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I liked how nationally known the program is and the great hospitals nearby.

What are your career goals?
I hope to become a pediatric nurse and work in an emergency department or operating room. Eventually, I want to become a nurse practitioner.

What are three words that describe you?
Compassionate, hardworking, intelligent

What is a fun fact about you?
I have dual citizenship.

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Rebecca Smith, '22

Hometown: Batavia, Illinois

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC not only for the great opportunities but also the vast among of hospitals in the surrounding area.

What are your career goals?
I hope to continue working in the MICU at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. I would also like to further my education.

What are three words that describe you?
Energetic, caring, hilarious

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a certified scuba diver.

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Roselyn Torkornoo, '24

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Why did you choose UC?
I chose UC because I was offered direct admission to the BSN program! I also loved the campus and how compact it is.

What are your career goals?
After graduation, my career goals are to become a travel nurse and, hopefully, make a difference in the nursing field.

What are three words that describe you?
Kind, determined, hardworking

What is a fun fact about you?
I love to sketch!

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Mackenzie Wessel, '22

Hometown: Northern Kentucky

Why did you choose UC?
Because I could be directly admitted to the nursing program.

What are your career goals?
I want to become a flight nurse.

What are three words that describe you?
Outgoing, compassionate, loyal

What is a fun fact about you?
I have crooked pinky fingers.