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Sam Medina-Conchi ’14
Because of professionals in the biochemistry and medical fields, people survive illnesses and medical emergencies every day. I’m pursuing the Biochemistry major because I want to impact someone’s life. During the summer of 2012, I was fortunate to travel to Paris, France, through an RU summer research grant. During the two weeks, my fellow classmates and I interviewed nurses and patients about the European system of universal healthcare. For me, it was a trip of a lifetime and one that will definitely impact my future career. I plan on going to graduate school for a master’s degree in kinesiology with the focus on exercise science/human performance. Then I’d like to attend medical school and pursue my dream career in the ER. I love that Biochemistry is both challenging and rewarding. It is a degree that takes a lot of hard work, but the knowledge gained is amazing. I will use my degree and my experience here at RU to obtain a great job that I will enjoy.

Jessica Segalla ’15
I researched Rockford University and was shocked by all they have to offer. I knew I wanted to become a mathematics teacher, and RU offers a prestigious Education program as well as a degree in Mathematics. The professors are not only guides for my education, but they are also excellent mentors. Through the JiET-A program, I am an intern in the Electronic Test Equipment department at UTC Aerospace Systems. I have completed many statistical analyses, as well as software development for certain airplanes. I love being challenged every day through this internship, as well as being able to apply my mathematics and computer science knowledge. It is a privilege to work for such an advanced company while I complete my degree. After graduation, I hope to either teach at the high school or middle school level or potentially work at UTC Aerospace Systems.

Samantha Kays ’13
In high school I knew I wanted to be a teacher. It has always been something I’m interested in and passionate about. Through the Elementary Education major, my classmates and I received endless opportunities to visit classrooms and get first-hand experience. I am now licensed in K-9 and also received my Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) for my Special Education minor. Currently, I am teaching 7th and 8th grade special education at Harlem Middle School in Loves Park, Ill. I teach language arts, math, and social studies and also enjoy my role as the 7th grade class sponsor for student government. Rockford University has a wonderful education program, and I’m so proud to be an alumna of it. Overall, the small class sizes are what appealed to me the most, and I definitely gained a lot from all of my classes.  

Paige Smith ’14
I have really enjoyed Rockford University’s Nursing program. There are a lot of clinical experiences, and three hospitals are close by within the City of Rockford. The Nursing students and professors are a very close community; we work very hard together, and we really feel like family. Two of my actual family members are nurses, and I can’t imagine wanting to do anything else. I enjoy caring for people and making them smile. Currently, I am a member of the Nursing Student Organization and also work as a medical scribe at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. After graduation, I plan on returning home to Michigan to work in intensive care (ICU) for 2 years. Afterwards, the plan is to pursue my master’s degree, so I can become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Daniel Switzer ’11
My senior year I attended Unified Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA) with other classmates. It’s a huge audition with about 100 different theatres, casting agents, and cruise ships all looking for new talent. As a result of that, I was invited to audition in New York for Cats. I was there for three days of auditions, and two weeks later I found out I was cast as Mungojerrie in the National Tour of Cats. Rehearsals began in New York City in November 2011, with the first shows taking place at the beginning of December. The tour went on to perform 130 shows in 33 cities including Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Vancouver and other cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Performing Arts department came and saw the show as a field trip. It was an amazing experience to have my professors and peers in the audience that night. Later at the talk-back session after the show, I got to share my stories of being on the road with current RU students!  Since speaking with Daniel, we’re proud to announce that in December 2013 he joined the cast in the first national tour of Wicked.

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