Throughout the duration of her MSN, Nasu knew she had a support network, both from her family and from Maryville. Her relationship with her student advisor, Kristina, is part of what kept her going when times were tough.
“She’s been there throughout,” Nasu says. “She will call me some days and I’m just in tears, like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’ and she’s like, ‘Nasu, I need you to calm down. What can I do to help?”
Even when unexpected and stressful situations arose for Nasu, like when her second child was in the NICU, Kristina was there to provide support and help her navigate the challenges.
“I felt like she knows me and my family through the program,” Nasu says of her advisor. “My kid was in the NICU, and her and I were on the phone because I was still in a class, and it was like a couple weeks left for the class to end. She was just calling me just to check on me to make sure I was OK.”
When Maryville University reopened its commencement ceremony to graduates and attendants in April 2022 — the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic turned the auspicious occasions to remote events — Nasu was there to celebrate in person. She missed her high school and undergraduate commencement ceremonies, but she was determined to walk across that stage for her MSN.
Her family was there to cheer her on — and so was Kristina. Nasu took the opportunity to meet her advisor during the pre-graduation festivities on campus.
“She is like a godsend,” Nasu says. “She’s the reason why I came to this open house today — to meet her in person.”
Kristina was just as excited for the chance to meet Nasu and celebrate her achievements.
“I mean, you work with them from the beginning, which is great, and you’re really being able to see them through the highs and the lows,” Kristina says. “But seeing them get to the end is always, for me, the icing on top of the cake.”