Modesto Junior College
Gregori Class of 2017
Weighted GPA at Gregori: 3.0-3.5
SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): N/A
SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): N/A
ACT Composite Score: N/A
How did you decide on what to major in?
My mother and stepfather are nurses, both share many stories about their days at work and I've always found them very interesting. I got my first taste in medicine through my First Responder license in 2016, and expanded my medical skills by achieving my Emergency Medical Technician license after I graduated high school. Through my experience in volunteering and working as medical staff for various sporting events, I developed a desire to expand my medical skills in order to better serve the community. Hence I decided to go into nursing.
How did you think you will use your major in a career?
As a nurse I will have the opportunity to work in a hospital to attend to wounded or ill patients. As I am planning on obtaining a doctorate in nursing, I will be able to work more independently on patients in a TRAUMA / emergency department setting as a Nurse Practitioner. I also plan on using my knowledge in order to advocate for better patient care and public health.
Do you regret not being able to take any classes to prepare for your major? What classes would you recommend Gregori students to take based off of your major?
I do feel that I've prepared myself for my major with the classes I took both inside and outside of Gregori. For Gregori, I recommend taking the following classes: Anatomy and Physiology (really helped especially for my EMT class, you will need to take college A&P so this class will give you a head start), Pre-AP / AP Chemistry (prepares you for the Chemistry prerequisite), Pre-AP / AP Biology, AP English Writing and Composition (for English 101), and Government and Politics. If you are willing to take classes outside of Gregori, I suggest acquiring a EMR license (which you can get as early as your Junior year through the American Red Cross) or a EMT license (which you can only get as early as your Senior year, so long as you will be turning 18 when you take your National Registry Exam). While it sounds like a lot to be taking classes in two different schools at once, I assure you it's doable! I did my EMT class at Ceres Adult School during the last semester of my Senior year and still kept my GPA above a 3.0 while taking two AP classes. The earlier you begin your medical career, the more experience you can carry into Nursing school. If you are not sure whether medicine is right for you but you are considering Nursing as a Major, starting off with an EMR license is highly recommended.