Hunter Hicks

Hunter HicksWhy study nursing at a liberal arts college?

I chose a liberal arts college because I knew it would give me the opportunity to see healthcare in many different perspectives. It has allowed me to view challenges, opportunities, and people in many different ways, and I believe I will be a better nurse for it.


What do you like most about the CSB/SJU nursing program?

The CSB/SJU Nursing Program is incredibly interactive, and I feel that the faculty do a great job making the experiences as realistic as possible for the students, which I feel helps us learn at a faster rate.


What has been the biggest challenge for you?

Time management is very important as a nursing student here. There was definitely a little learning curve before I found my groove in managing my time wisely.


What stands out about the CSB/SJU nursing program?

The faculty are truly awesome. They care about the students deeply, want them to succeed, and do all they can to make sure the students are everything they could hope for in future healthcare providers.


What activities are you involved with on campus?

I am currently on the Executive Board of the Nursing Club and on the SJU Wrestling Team. I also work as a ticketing coordinator at Fine Arts Programming on campus. 


What is the learning environment like at CSB/SJU?

The learning environment in two words: peaceful and friendly. It’s hard to explain entirely, but both campuses really promote friendly interactions. It’s hard to walk anywhere without a smile and nod from a friend or complete stranger. The faculty, regardless of the course, are readily available to talk about anything from course material to a good book they recently read.  It’s also very easy to find a lot of places that can promote the kind of environment you need to study, meet with friends, or relax.


What advice do you have for students considering a major in nursing?

Choosing your future career is a big life decision; don’t rush!  Give it some thought, and see if you can get some opportunities to see professional nurses in action before making your final decision.  It’s an amazing and truly rewarding occupation -- although I may be a bit biased -- that will put you in a place to make an impact on countless lives.  If you make the decision to move forward, I hope it’s everything you hoped for.  If you still have questions, feel free to ask us.  Any of the faculty, staff, or students would be more than happy to answer them!