Q & A With Nursing Student Cheryl Weise

Did you ever go to college before, if so where and what was your experience?

I haven’t really been in school since I was in high school twenty years ago. This whole experience is new and exciting for me.

What were you doing before you decided to go to attend WVJC

I  had my fair share of random jobs. I worked as a waitress, with an airship, in retail, and even a small stint on an oil/gas well site. I have been happy with all my jobs but I needed to engage myself more. I had also just gotten married and I knew that it was time to start thinking more about the future for me and my wife.

Why did you choose WVJC?

The accelerated program was a big attraction for me. I’m 38 years old and anxious to start this new part of my life.  I knew it would challenge me but also it would ultimately allow me to graduate sooner and start my new career. When I met with admissions and was able to speak with Chasity about the program and the school the pieces just seemed to fit.

Why did you choose your program?

Nursing seemed to be the most natural choice for me. As cliche as it sounds, there is a sense of self-worth and being satiated in helping people. I could have done that in a lot of different jobs but nursing will let me use my head and my heart.  What better way to do it? I never thought it would be easy but I always knew it would be worth it!

What is your favorite part of attending WVJC?

Learning !!  I can’t say it enough. The learning process of becoming a nurse and learning new skills while becoming better at critical thinking makes me excited to come to class every day. I genuinely enjoy being engaged in the whole process. Having said that, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my classmates. I’m sure everyone thinks they have the best class or students in it but this experience wouldn’t be nearly as great without each and every personality in that class. They are the best!!

Who is your favorite teacher, or what is your favorite class and why?

I wouldn’t even begin to try and pick a favorite instructor. Everyone that I have had has all had their own special qualities that encourage the learning side in me. Class however, every semester I have a new favorite class. Nursing Care of the Client/ Medsurg, more specifically Gerontologic Nursing was my favorite so far. I especially love the lab and clinical portions. However, I am looking forward to starting Maternity and Pediatric Nursing this semester.

What is your ideal job after graduation? 

I can only say that the strongest pull is towards a hospital setting. When I first started school I thought I knew exactly what field or type of nursing I wanted to do but I have since allowed my thoughts on that to be a little more fluid. Everything I learn seems to pull my interest in another direction. Ultimately,  I think I will let that fluidity to keep playing itself out and reevaluate my thoughts on that once I get closer to graduation.

How would you like your life to be in five years?

In five years I see myself being more secure and confident in my career and life. I do plan to continue my education past this and my undergraduate. Ultimately, I want to be happy in my career which can only help me feel more fulfilled in my life.

Would you refer WVJC to a friend? Why?

I would recommend WVJC to friends. Everyone that you interacted with or even just pass by in the hall at school really do their part in making you feel welcome and included. I have never felt like a body in a seat at WVJC, rather a person with a name, and everyone knows it.