Hometown:Â Bogota, Colombia
Class of 2011
Why I Love Armstrong: I never felt like I was just another number in the student list. I felt welcomed by all my professors. Armstrong is just the right size campus—not too big, but not too small.
Best Advice: From the start, keep your G.P.A. in good standing. Use the resources the school has for you, like the library, the writing center and the math lab. Get involved, become part of groups on campus that interest you and become a leader.
Nursing Student Stands Out
Laura Gonzalez first learned about Armstrong as a junior attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, when an Armstrong representative visited the school to speak about scholarship opportunities.
This hard-working nursing student earned the prestigious Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, which rewards high achieving Latino students, for five consecutive years at Armstrong. “I really needed a scholarship that would cover my tuition, and I am very thankful that I obtained The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship,” she said. “Otherwise it would have been impossible for me to attend college.”
Laura won Armstrong’s Nursing Class Outstanding Clinician Award in 2011, which is the nursing department’s highest honor. She was also a student in Armstrong’s Honors Program, served as the vice president of the HOLA Club and volunteered at the Community Health Mission.
Laura decided to pursue a degree in nursing because she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others. “I wanted to become a nurse because I know that nursing is a caring and compassionate career in which I can provide my skills to help people,” she explains. “I have always loved science and wanted to go into the medical field.”
She was selected to be part of the Nurse Extern Program at Memorial University Medical Center during the summer of 2011. During this six-week clinical experience, she worked under the supervision of an R.N. to strengthen her assessment and clinical skills. She is currently studying for the National Council Licensure Examination for Nursing to become a Registered Nurse.
“I want to work in a pediatric unit and then eventually come back to Armstrong to become a nurse practitioner,” she says. “All my professors were great mentors. They were helpful, knowledgeable and cared about my success.”
Laura credits Armstrong for its ongoing commitment to diversity. “I believe that our diversity has increased thanks to different organizations, Dr. Bleicken’s support and the student body and faculty,” she enthuses. “The university definitely has made me and other Latino students feel at home.”