Ellen Webb enrolled at IUPUI as a pre-nursing major because she knew completing that degree could mean a long and stable career. It was never necessarily a career she was excited about or even felt was a good fit for her, but she figured it was her only option. Her background had led her to believe that she just needed a degree in something “practical,” not necessarily a degree in something of interest. While a nursing career is a great option for those who truly want to be a nurse, it wasn’t what Ellen wanted, and therefore, her grades suffered.
Accelerated Nursing Student
Kevin Kimemia wakes up with excitement, knowing that what he will learn today is something that he is interested in and he will use every day in his nursing career. He feels driven to learn more and understand all that he is doing now, because his future patients will depend on him. Kevin is happy because he’s doing what he wants to do and “feel[s] like he has a true purpose now.” But, it wasn’t always so easy for Kevin to get to this point, and he took a non-traditional path to nursing school.
Just like many others, Mackenzie’s path to IUPUI and to finding her major was a rocky one. After starting her college career at Indiana University East, taking classes at Ivy Tech, and transferring to Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, she finally found her way to IUPUI in the fall of 2015. Mackenzie says she “was all over the place” switching from Nursing to Biology to Dental Hygiene to EMT, thinking she had no clue what she wanted to do in life.
The Health and Life Sciences Advising Center is located in Taylor Hall (UC) on the third floor.