Student organizations and clinical experiences set Purdue Nursing student up for success

Written By: Deven Hawkins

Deven poses for a photo by Johnson Hall of Nursing

I chose to come to Purdue because of the opportunities available for students within the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) and the university.

As a nursing student with no prior experience, I thought I would struggle during my first year to find an internship or a nursing job at a hospital. However, HHS and the School of Nursing had multiple job fairs with hospitals in the Indianapolis area; Greater Lafayette area; and even the Chicagoland area, such as UChicago Medicine and Northwestern Hospital. Without these opportunities being presented to me, I would have never gained the clinical experience I needed to be successful in my nursing courses and a healthcare setting. These opportunities also made me feel supported by the college and the School of Nursing.

Purdue has numerous student organizations that have allowed me to feel at home at Purdue. Organizations such as the Black Student Union, the African Student Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) all create events for Purdue students to be able to network, socialize and build bonds. The NPHC Week of Events, which welcomes students back to campus each fall, played a particularly significant role in helping me build connections with other students across campus and find belonging at Purdue.

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