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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
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
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|
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).
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.