In honor of National Siblings Day, meet current and former CUW School of Nursing students Ashley ('23) and Emily ('20) Stone, from Colgate, WI.
How it started …
Emily: “I had always been very interested in the medical field, and what really led me to nursing is that it’s the one-on-one, compassionate side of medicine. So, I started researching nursing schools in the area and Concordia was that perfect spot for me. I also really loved that Concordia had a direct admit nursing program.”
Ashley: “I was always super-interested in healthcare, and I like how nursing has so many different options. But I was like, ‘Should I go to the same school as my sister, or should I switch it up?’ And after hearing about Emily’s experience, and all the things she loved, I just had to choose Concordia.”
How it’s going …
Ashley: “I love the professors! They’re so helpful and they really have a relationship with me, which is something that I was looking for in college. I didn’t want to just be a number in a lecture.”
Emily: “I really liked that Concordia set up their classes hand-in-hand with the skills labs and clinicals; it felt like at one point everything just started to come together. And I think it was really cool that Concordia had so many different clinical opportunities, because it helped me figure out what path I wanted to go down.”
What it was like to overlap a year in school …
Ashley: “It was actually super-cool, because we were both living at home, and we were able to drive to and from school together. We had a lot of bonding time. And in between classes, we would work on homework together, and study at the library … and I’m sad she’s gone now!
What they love about each other …
Ashley: “Emily is just such a role model. She really influences me and pushes me to be the best that I can be, to flourish in my own way and be a strong, independent woman.”
Emily: “If I had to say one thing, I would say that she’s just so selfless. She puts everyone before herself, and I think that’s going to make her not just an incredible person, but such an incredible nurse.”
What gets under their skin …
Emily: “She steals my clothes!”
Ashley: “She’s really bad at making decisions!”
Emily: “That’s true, I’m really indecisive sometimes.”
What the future holds …
Emily: “I feel like I got my dream job right out of Concordia [working in a labor and delivery unit at Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee]. Every day when I’m at work, I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this is my job!’ So I don’t see myself leaving any time soon.”
Ashley: “Even before Emily chose it, I’ve always been interested in being a labor and delivery nurse. But I also love children and would love to do something in pediatrics. I am excited to do more clinicals, to get my feet wet in other areas, and keep my options open.”
— This story is written by Mike Zimmerman, corporate communications manager for Concordia University Wisconsin. He may be reached at email@example.com or 262-243-4380.
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