Celena advises others who may be considering furthering their education “to just step out and do it — even if it’s just applying to see what happens.”
Like every student, Celena walked her own path to continue her nursing education. But while her journey is uniquely hers, the broad strokes of her experiences are universal. Break them down, and you can even apply these five steps as you pursue your own education.
1. Visualize your goals
Celena lived in St. Louis 12 years ago and would drive by the Maryville campus, impressed by its academic reputation in nursing. She had a clear goal in mind when she applied for her post-master’s certificate. She knew what she wanted, and being able to picture it helped her take the first step of applying.
2. Find your passion
“When I first went to nursing school,” Celena says, “I met a nurse practitioner working in a psychiatric mental health hospital, and I liked seeing the changes she made for the patients she treated.”
Celena loved those cases so much that she decided to pursue a career in psychiatric mental health. She was driven by discovering her passion for care, and it helped her achieve her educational goal of earning her post-master’s certificate.
3. Lean on your advisor
At Maryville, your advisor is one of your best resources for success. Advisors are in your corner and invested in helping you get the most out of your education and maintain balance in your life.
Celena’s academic advisor at Maryville called her throughout the program, urging her to the finish line with the words: “You can do this.”
4. Power through tough times
There are always going to be challenges. In fact, Celena talks about hitting a hurdle in a course that she failed. Celena also experienced personal upheaval, being called on to raise her grandchildren at the same time she pursued her certificate. Through everything, she persevered, knowing the outcome would be worth the difficulty in the end.
5. Celebrate your wins
Celena knows how important it can be to reward yourself. In fact, she saved the biggest celebration for last. After she completed her program, she made it a point to travel to attend her commencement on campus at Maryville, so she could celebrate with her class, get her diploma in hand, and throw her cap in the air.