At 38 years old, Yu Wang is not a traditional college student. But like many younger college students, she has a dream of earning a degree that will launch a successful and meaningful career.
Three years ago, Yu didn't even have a high school diploma. She says in her home country of China, people do not go back for more education, much less begin the process, at such a late age. With determination, she set out to get a GED and succeeded in December 2008, and she didn't stop there. Yu is thankful to be a recipient of the Jane Richards Memorial Nursing Student Scholarship at NIU. "It will allow me more time for my studies and will help to keep me motivated to maintain a high level of excellence," Yu says.
As a child, Yu says she watched friends and neighbors suffer from illnesses with no apparent remedies. "Certainly, there was a community clinic and hospital with doctors and nurses, but it appeared that if you got sick, you stayed sick—getting sick was often the last thing that happened to you," Yu shares. "I always wondered why that was the case and if I could help," she adds.
Now nearing a midpoint in her life, Yu is helping by pursuing her nursing degree. Six years ago, she joined her husband in the United States where he had taken a job. Yu credits her mother-in-law (a nurse and an anesthetist herself) for inspiring Yu to become a health care professional. "My goals and objectives have always been clearly in sight—a good, honorable job and profession," Yu says. "I feel that Northern is giving me every opportunity to succeed and excel in my chosen career and as a person." And for that she is forever thankful. In particular, she is appreciative and humbled for the thoughtfulness of the Richards family for establishing a scholarship to help launch her dream of becoming a nurse.
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