Many women aspire to become nurses, however due to the circumstances, some women give up.

Many women aspire to become nurses, however due to the circumstances, some women give up. Today we have an interview from Erica who is currently living her dream as a nurse! Erica isn’t just any nurse, but a Labor and Delivery Nurse, which was her first choice! She gives advice to women who are pursuing the same dream. Check it out! 

How was your childhood? What experiences, negative or positive, do you think molded you into the person you are today?

I had a really great childhood I was raised by parents who loved me, disciplined me, and taught me the importance of education. I thank my parents for not spoon-feeding me or giving me everything I wanted on a silver platter because that taught me that if I really wanted something I had to work for it.

How important was it to graduate college growing up in your household?

I was not forced to go to college it was something that I wanted to do for myself. I wouldn’t say that it was something I had to do. It was more like do whatever makes you happy as long as it makes you successful as well, and I firmly believe in that. 

Why did you choose your major and what are you planning to do with your degree? 

I chose nursing because of my love for people. Nurses get to be a part of some of the most critical moments in a person’s life and we get to help each person through it. My passion was to be a Labor & Delivery Nurse because being able to help someone bring new life into the world is literally the most amazing thing to me. It is one of the happiest moments in a family’s life and I have the privilege to be a part of that. I am now a L&D nurse, so kind of living the dream. 

What are some issues you encountered while in college? 

Definitely not believing in myself. When I first started nursing school it was a little overwhelming and my grades reflected that. So, I prayed for strength to make it through the program, wisdom to know that I am smarter than I think I am, and guidance to stay on the right path. Eventually I started to become an A/B student instead of a C/D student.  

What advice do you have for other college students pursuing the same dream?

Keep God first. With God anything is possible. Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Keep your eyes on the prize. Learn how to balance having a social life and be a college student. You can be anything you want to be if you just believe and apply yourself.

Ladies, like Erica said, you can be anything you want to be! We wish you the best in your career Erica, and we wish all of the future nurses the best of luck! To check out Erica visit her on Facebook: Erica Ardoin.