Callie Downs will soon be a nurse after four years of dedication and determination.
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Downs always knew she wanted to be in the medical field but after mission trip to Peru during her freshman year of high school she knew her calling was to be a nurse.
“During my mission trip in Peru, we set up free clinics and that is when I realized I could help many people because nurses can do a lot with their specific set of skills,” Downs said.
It has been a life-long dream of Downs to be a nurse and in May that dream will become a reality when she graduates from Auburn’s school of nursing.
Why did Downs choose Auburn to fulfill her dream?
“The sole reason why I chose to come to Auburn was for the nursing program and I am happy I did because everyone is so personable, my classes are small and I felt like it was a huge honor to be accepted into the program,” Downs said.
However, you do not get into Auburn’s nursing program easily. The program is extremely competitive, mostly accepting grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.7. Downs knew she had to work hard to stand out from the other applicants.
Downs maintained a 4.0 grade point average the two years before she began the application process.
“I knew I needed to have outstanding grades when I started to apply to the nursing program but I also needed experience so I took a mission trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua where we helped 400 people in two weeks,” Downs said.
However, the hard work does not stop after you are accepted into the school of nursing.
“The hardest part of nursing school is time management because between classes and the clinical experience I really had to plan everything perfectly especially on days where I would have to leave at 5 a.m. and not return until 5 p.m.,” Downs said.
Nursing school is not hard all the time though. Downs promises it can be fun too.
“I loved the clinical experience because it was so hands on but more than that I had the best time with the people I was working with which made the hard parts a little more fun,” Downs said.
After her experience in the nursing program Downs says dedicated is one word that she would use to describe herself.
“A nurse takes care of someone on the worst day of his or her life so you have to put your whole heart in to this job because it is someone’s life in your care. “
“I know after all my hard work and dedication that I am going to put 100 percent into this profession and making a difference in people’s lives,” Downs said.