"I hope one day I can help the next generation of Northern students to pursue their passions and dreams,” Nadine says.
"My professors believed in me when I didn't even believe in myself," says Nadine Parise-Thornton, this year's recipient of the Margaret Murrin Christiano Endowed Student Scholarship for Nursing.
"This scholarship is especially meaningful because it was designated for someone just like me—a returning master's student with a background in maternal child health," Nadine says.
For more than 25 years, Nadine has been an R.N. in labor and delivery. A few years ago, she realized that she could not physically continue her nursing work forever. With some apprehension, she took steps to return to the classroom.
"When I walked into my first nursing class at Northern, I was nervous, scared and didn't know if I had what it took to be a successful student," she says. "When I sat down, I realized I was in good company."
Today Nadine is a very confident woman who couldn't be more excited about her first year on NIU's clinical faculty, teaching young nursing students. She says her NIU education has opened doors she would never have imagined.
"I am on my way to a much better life for myself and my children...I hope one day I can help the next generation of Northern students to pursue their passions and dreams just like the Christianos," she says.
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