Allison MacDonald: Lending a Helping Hand through a BScN

Alison-NursingWEBConfidence through the good days and motivation during the tough days is what Allison MacDonald, second-year nursing student, considers key to being a successful student.

Allison is originally from Glace Bay and chose CBU because she wanted to experience university with the comfort of her home town being nearby. Allison says that CBU really recreates the community feeling she grew up in and she considers her nursing classmates as family. “I love that we can always rely on each other for help both inside and outside the classroom,” she says.
Making friends from all over the world has been another highlight of Allison’s experience at CBU. She feels that since starting university, she has moved out of her previously constructed comfort zone and is becoming better-rounded as a person.

Outside of her studies, Allison works part-time as a waitress at Swiss Chalet in Sydney. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going for long drives and watching movies. “My all-time favorite way to spend my free time is definitely travelling; I love seeing the world!” she says.

Though Allison considers motivation and confidence as a key to success, she says it also takes commitment and an open mind to new experiences. “Embracing new experiences as learning opportunities allows you to acquire life skills, making you well-rounded as a person. That is true success.” says Allison.

Allison says that the most rewarding aspect of her program is applying the knowledge she has gained from her studies to those in need. “Feeling like I may have made a difference in somebody’s day just by helping them in some small way is arguably one of the best feelings in the world,” she says.

The future is bright for Allison as she continues her studies and clinical practice, lending her hand to those reaching out. Her advice for a student considering CBU is to stay motivated, keep an open mind and embrace new experiences. “Enter with an open-minded attitude so that you form your own opinions, just go for it!” she says.