READY TO MAKE THEIR MARK
MEGAN LYNE '11
Last week Megan Lyne '11 received her nursing degree from St. Louis University. She is our latest Saints Peter and Paul School grad from our Class of 2011 to be profiled in our Ready to Make Their Mark Series.
We take great pride in working with parents to help students, like Megan, develop the academic foundation, work ethic, and values necessary to become difference makers in their chosen field and in the communities in which they reside.
Why did you enter this field?
- I always knew that I wanted to go into the medical field, but I thought that I wanted to be a doctor.
- I fell in love with nursing after I had my own experience with a fantastic nurse that showed me immense compassion and kindness during a scary time in my life.
Favorite college experiences?
- My favorite college experience was joining a sorority and being surrounded by so many amazing women that empower me every day.
Involved in any clubs, groups, service organizations?
- Alpha Delta Pi (sorority)
- Service with the Ronald McDonald House
Biggest college adjustment which helped you grow as a person?
- Knowing that I had to do everything on my own was definitely a huge adjustment.
- Once I learned how to grapple with this these added responsibilities, my personal independence grew greatly.
Is Graduate school in your immediate future?
- I plan on getting my Master's in the future, but right now I am very excited to begin bed-side nursing.
What do you have to offer an employer that would separate you from other candidates?
- Something that separates me from other candidates in my job field is the compassion that I have for my patients.
- I always treat those I care for as I would want to be treated if I were the patient.
Is there a job opportunity on the horizon?
- I have applied for one job, but I have to pass my state boards and be a Registered Nurse before applying to more hospitals in the Chicagoland area.
Other than either of your parents, who served as a role model for you and why?
- The older nursing students that were in my sorority were huge role models for me.
- There were many times during nursing school when I didn't think that I would be able to make it through successfully, but talking with those girls, and realizing that they made it, motivated me to keep going.
Best advice you ever received.....
- When I first started college, my dad reminded me that every freshman was in the same position as I was; we were all new, we were all nervous, and we all wanted to put our best selves forward.
When I get my first paycheck, I will...
- Put it right into my savings because money just seems to fly away when you are in college.
What would your SSPP friends/teachers be really surprised to know about you now?
- I am actually still very close with most of my SSPP friends, so they know pretty much everything about me.
- But for those I have not seen in a while, I think they would be very surprised to know that I still do not drink coffee. Ever.
By the time I'm 40, I hope I'm....
- Maybe married but still to hope to have the same amazing friends, and feel as passionate about nursing as I do today.
s it easier or more of a challenge to express your Catholic identify at this point in your life
- Because I attended a Jesuit college, expressing my Catholic identity has been very easy.
- I was fortunate to have found amazing people that shared the same values as I grew up with.