Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Major: Nursing • Class: 2017 • Hometown: Elgin, IL
What will you be doing at this year’s Weekend of Excellence?
I will be inducted into The Maroon & Gold Society. I have always looked up to the members in the group, so I am beyond excited to be a part of it this year.
What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
So far, it has to be my Dedication to the Profession Ceremony. The ceremony is for all junior nursing students, and it marks the beginning of our clinical experience. It recognizes the dedication and hard work we put into the program—and also signifies our commitment to the profession.
Tell us about your volunteer work and/or involvement with student groups.
For the past two years, I have been a STARS mentor for the department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. The mentorship program is geared toward first-generation students and/or students of color. As a student who holds both of those identities, I can strongly relate to many of the mentees in the program and connect with them.
How has your time here helped shape you as a person?
Looking back at my time at Loyola, the knowledge and experiences I have gained have helped me grow both intellectually and personally. Whether it’s caring for my patients holistically as a nurse or advocating for social justice rights, my time at Loyola has taught me to pursue my passions and give my all in everything that I do.
And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I hope to be working my way up as a medical-surgical nurse. I have always enjoyed the change and intensity that comes with med-surg nursing, so I am excited to see where it will take me. I also hope to be back in school getting my master’s degree. On a personal level, I’d love to pursue my dream of traveling the world.