Katie McCurley is a nursing major in the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. Currently, she serves in the University Ambassador Program where she promotes the College of Nursing to prospective students. She shared that she had hoped to stay in the south at a big school when picking out a university. Upon attending Admitted Student’s Day, she fell in love with both UofSC and the College of Nursing. The friendly nursing students, encouraging professors, and the 100% NCLEX pass rate finalized her decision to attend UofSC. She declared, “The decision to come here is one of the best I have ever made!”
For Katie, stepping out of her comfort zone helped her make the adjustment to college life. A university as large as UofSC can be overwhelming, even scary for new students. Katie challenged herself to seek out opportunities and build relationships, despite obstacles. She said, “I am not someone who just loves public speaking, but if you are willing to take a chance on yourself and your abilities, you will be amazed at what you will accomplish.” Being a University Ambassador gives her opportunities to share her positive experiences with prospective students and grow closer to faculty and advisors in her program.
She emphasized that nursing is a demanding major. Supporting others in the program and building one another up can be the best ways to find joy on even the hardest of days. The great people in the program keep Katie going, despite a heavy class load and her high level of involvement on campus. While she has no set plans for her future, she is focused on making the most out of her college experience. “Take risks,” she encouraged others. “Try things. If you fail, that’s okay. If you succeed, that’s great! Either way, you learned something about yourself.” For Katie, this embodies what the college years are all about, a message she hopes to pass onto others.