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Spring 2023 Nursing Student Interviews



Evan Anson

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

When I decided to go to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to study so I decided to go to a college that was close to my family. However, I quickly realized that LeTourneau had an exceptional nursing program with a high acceptance rate after graduation. So I decided to stay and pursue my newfound interest in nursing.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

I decided to pursue nursing initially because I knew that a “normal” desk job wouldn’t fit my personality and would be hard for me to have throughout my life. However, I quickly found a passion for it the more I learned about it. Being a freshman, I can’t wait to get deeper into my career and discover new passions.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I have enjoyed interacting with most of my fellow students and many of my professors. The classes required have been very interesting and mentally stimulating. I also enjoy the fact that the nursing department has a very clear love for the students and this shows in every interaction.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

I would say that overall having somewhere to be and learn has meant the most to me. While people are flawed and fall short of the glory of God, I appreciate learning how to love others even if there are differences in execution of a shared faith.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I have learned how to gain the most from classes without stressing too much about the end result. Even when I do not get the grade I’m going for, I find comfort in the fact that I did my best in the time given. I have also learned how to go about disagreements with authority figures in a way that contributes to my academic and spiritual growth while honoring professors’ and others’ wisdom.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I would say that what I enjoy most about my professors is that they care for their students. They incorporate Biblical principles in their lectures—which is a unique perspective that enriches our education and personal growth. Apart from that, they are very knowledgeable in their specific fields and are eager to have a conversation about it with interested students.

 


 Karina Hernandez

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

Choosing LeTourneau University was one of the easiest choices I’ve made. I was born and raised in East Texas, so I grew up hearing about it. I love that it is a Christian school because it allows me to grow my faith while studying for my vocation.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

I believe nursing is a vocation rather than just a job. I love the idea of helping others while growing in faith.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I have enjoyed my time here. I love the many resources available for the students. The Writing Center, for example, has helped me strengthen my essay over the years.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

The most meaningful part of LeTourneau is the many friendships I have made here—especially in the nursing program. I am sure that these friendships will remain forever because I feel that we all go through the same things as students, so it brings us closer.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

The LeTourneau classroom experience has taught me that it is acceptable to ask as many questions as I want without fear of judgment. I love starting class with a devotional because it reminds me of God’s greatness and love before starting any content.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I love that I am able to drop in to their office hours during the week and they still greet me with a smile. I love that professors are always willing to help in and outside of the classroom.


 Leah Dillingham

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

My dad came to LeTourneau 30 years ago, so we always joked I would go here. I did not think I would actually want to, but when I visited the campus, I fell in love with the community and the infrastructure.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

I am in the Pre-nursing program, so in a year I will get to apply to the nursing program if I meet the requirements. I choose nursing because it is the most practically applicable field—one I can always practice both professionally and on friends and family. People will always need this field, and I will not need any physical tools to help them.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I appreciate the small community of LeTourneau which makes it easy to interact with nursing students of all years. I also love that LeTourneau requires all its students to take a Cornerstones class—where I got to know my programs Dean.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

I think the life group I joined has been the most meaningful to me. I joined a group meant for missionary kids, where we learned how to process some of the attachment issues missionary kids tend to experience. I learned a lot about myself and about my friends.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

Through classes like Microbiology and Chemistry, I have learned much about the human body and its functions. I also have learned how to learn from different types of professors.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

Because of the small class sizes, our professors quickly learn our names and care about every single one of their students. They love what they teach, and they love who they teach, and they aren’t afraid to show it.


Tamara Comstock 

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I came to LeTourneau because I toured here and I really liked my tour guide and how happy she seemed to be here. I also liked the size of the school and how that allows me to know my professors. Finally, I wanted to grow spiritually and the Christian approach here with your academic resulted appealing.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

I chose nursing as my major because I have always put others before myself. So, I felt like the nursing profession was the perfect fit for me.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I enjoy studying my major here because of the amount of hands on experience I am able to get here. I also like the classes are smaller from other universities—and this allows professors to get to know us while also providing us the opportunity to learn.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

I would say the most meaningful part of my LeTourneau experience has been getting to know Ms. Francis from Nursing. I love that she is so personable and I am able to be open to her. I am grateful for the fact that she’s given me an opportunity for us to know one another and that I can learn from her.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I have learned that professors genuinely cared about us in all aspects of our lives. While our academics are certainly important to them, I can tell they also care about our well-being and want to help wherever they can. I have learned that professors are more than willing to become mentor figures in your life so long as you welcome them.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I like that they are accessible and always willing to answer our questions. I think it’s really cool—as well as different—how they place a special emphasis on our Christian faith in the classroom.


Rebecca Faulhaber 

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I always wanted to go to a smaller college that was not too close or too far away from my home in Houston, Texas. While I was growing up, my two older sisters went to a smaller college and I loved hearing about their relationships with their professors and how they were not just another number in a big classroom.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

Originally coming to LETU, I was a criminal justice major, but I switched to nursing in May of 2020. I have always wanted to make a direct impact on people’s lives, and this major gives me the opportunity to do so.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

The thing I have enjoyed the most is my group of best friends I have made along the way. I could not have survived this nursing journey without them. I believe God definitely put them in my life for a reason.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

The most meaningful part of my LETU experience has been all the connections I’ve made—whether that be with staff, professors, or friends. Each connection I’ve made here has had an impact on my life.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

Nursing school is a world within itself, and with that, I have definitely learned perseverance and not to dwell on the bad for too long. We have a lot of tests back to back, and you cannot be stuck in the mud over a bad test; learn from it, grow, and move on.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I love the one-on-one relationship I have with all of them, and how they know me beyond just a name. They are more than just professors; they are mentors. I know that I can rely on them far beyond just classwork.


Michaela Yi 

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I chose LeTourneau because it is a Christian university and my friends go here. It's also located in Texas, a conservative state which and aligns with my values and beliefs.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

I chose it because it was my mother's dream. I also love helping people and I've been told I handle blood and injuries well.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I love my classmates. They are so supportive and caring and we can tell each other all our problems. I also enjoy wearing scrubs and taking the blood pressure of strangers.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

The most meaningful part about my experience has to be the community and Bible classes. First, the people surrounding me are amazing people of God. Second, I'm learning so much in my Bible classes that I never knew before.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I learned that every professor teaches differently. I also learned that maintaining relationships with them even after a class end. They have so much wisdom and guidance they don’t hesitate to offer their students.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I love the way they look out for their students. Perhaps it is because this is a Christian school, but the care they show is on a different level. They won't turn you away and they truly want to guide you in every step you take.


Kaitlyn Bailey 

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I was accepted into a couple other nursing schools and I researched each of them when I was to see what my best fit would be. During that time, Dr. Quiett kept reaching out to me and praying for me without even meeting me first. I thought that was really cool. I also knew for nursing school that I wanted the smaller, more intimate class sizes—and that was LeTourneau.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

I’ve always known I wanted to be a nurse, but I did not know what kind. In high school, I was diagnosed with cancer. And so just watching my nurses interact with one another and how they cared for me and my family, that really made it clear for me.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

Coming here and having instructors pray for us—especially because I struggle with test anxiety—I really appreciate that. Being raised in public schools, that’s not something that you see. You don’t talk about God and professors don’t pray for you and your well-being. So I really appreciate having that environment, as well as the opportunity to connect with professors on a deeper level, and with friends, too.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

It has been learning from our instructors not only how to be a Christian in the world but to also be a Christian nurse. I have enjoyed learning how to have conversations with our patients and really integrate our Christian virtues into the clinical setting.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I have learned to be encouraged to reach out whenever we’re struggling with anything. Our instructors are always there and encourage their students to meet with them instead of struggling in silence.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I enjoy that our professors not only care about how we do in the classroom and in clinical; they care about how we’re doing in life. They understand that nursing school is very stressful and that our age group is also a confusing time period for us. I enjoy that our instructors feel like family and care for us as a person, rather than as students.


 Lindsey Cannon

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I chose LeTourneau because I grew up in Longview and I decided I wanted to stay close to home. When LeTourneau started its nursing program, everything made sense. I took dual credit classes and went from there.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer when I was younger and she called me nurse Cannon the whole time she was sick. So, ever since the age of four nursing has been my calling.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I have enjoyed the fact that LeTourneau gives us nice opportunities. With nursing, we have a close-knit group. LeTourneau’s nursing really encourages you to grow and explore the profession.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

It has been the people. We’re a small class of 14, so we’ve all had a chance to get to know each other. We’re really close and we’ve gone through this journey together.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I have learned to be true to myself. I have learned that if I don’t know something, it is okay to ask. The professors are always going to be willing to answer and your peers want to help you. I have learned the ultimate goal is to do our best and do what God has called us to do.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

Professors here are great. I enjoy that we start every class and every test with a prayer and that really settles me. I love that our professors want to mentor us and be supporting. They simply want the best for us.


 Sarah Bell

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I came here first because I was looking for a small school in Texas that offered Engineering and had a women’s soccer team. LeTourneau really stood out to me because of how welcoming the community here was. I felt safe here.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

Six weeks before I graduated high school, I switched to nursing. My grandpa went through health issues my final year of high school. I spent hundreds of hours in the hospital with him—and I saw these nurses and the way they interacted with us and helped us feel more comfortable through the scary process of being in a hospital. I realized I wanted to be that stead-fast person who could always provide comfort for someone.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I love how small the community is here. I have four best friends and we do everything together. I can go sit in my professors’ office and chit-chat with them. I don’t have to schedule appointments to visit with them.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

It has been my friends. I enjoy that we do everything together. I love knowing I have made life-long friendships because this is something I had never had before. That is the most special thing I could have ever asked for, and I got it at LeTourneau.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I have learned that professors can care for you as a person. In high school, you are always told that you’ll be just a number. But at LeTourneau that is not the case. Professors here know about you—they know about your home life—and they are happy to sit down with you and help you walk through whatever challenges you are facing in your personal life but also in your academic journey.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I appreciate the fact that if I have a question, it’s going to be answered that day. I enjoy that through their actions, they have taught us how to be compassionate nurses. I also enjoy that it’s not always serious in the classroom; it can be a lot of fun and it is something really special that I look forward to.


 Sydney Cooper

Why did you choose LeTourneau?

I chose LeTourneau because of the culture of the nursing program. They really gear our nursing program to be Christian oriented. They make sure they teach in that way to have us be Christian nurses when we graduate.

Why did you choose to major in nursing?

Nursing is something I have always had a passion for. I’ve always had a caring, compassionate nature my parents have always seen in me. I also had a teacher that I took medical terminology from; she was a nurse and a mentor to me.

What have you enjoyed about studying your major here?

I have enjoyed the friendships I’ve developed in nursing school. Since we are such a small school, we really have grown close to one another—and that includes both students and professors.

What has been the most meaningful part of your LeTourneau experience?

The friendships I have made mean everything to me. Prior to LeTourneau, I had never had such close friends.

What have you learned from your LeTourneau classroom experience?

I have learned that I am capable of going out into the world knowing how to be equipped in the work I’m going to do. We go out and do so many clinicals, so we fully know what we are getting into and how to navigate that. I owe that to LeTourneau’s hands-on training.

What do you enjoy about your professors?

I enjoy how engaged they are with us. They really show who they are to us and it is easy to tell they really care about us and want us to learn and be successful in what we do.