Nursing grad lauds ‘amazing faculty and advisors’ as instrumental in her success
Sanju Sigdel BSN '19, a recent graduate of Carlow University's
College of Health and Wellness, shares her experiences at Carlow
and her future plans as a nurse.
- Why did you choose Carlow University to pursue a nursing
I chose Carlow University because I valued the small class
sizes. I also loved the location of Carlow and their mission
statement. I believe Carlow not only makes for great nurses, but
also helps to shape individuals into wonderful members of
- Explain how the small student to teacher ratio was advantageous
to your education?
The small student teacher ratio played a major factor in my
success. There were times when I needed extra help on my studies,
and my professors went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure
my success. My professors were always treating me with utmost
respect and were just as involved in my education as I was, which
was a nice push when I needed it most.
- Could you briefly explain your experience of studying nursing
Carlow is such a close-knit community that prepares you for
success. The nursing program and the university as a whole prepared
me to be a nurse in many ways I did not think possible. Carlow
offered peer tutors, which emphasized the importance our fellow
classmates played in our success. We were encouraged to ask for
help, and were truly provided with adequate resources to ensure our
- Was the program ever tough? If so, how did faculty support and
position you for success?
The nursing program is difficult, and being a nurse is a
privilege that must be earned and not given. You must be diligent,
respectful, honest,compassionate and so much more to be a
successful nurse. Although the program was tough and tested me
mentally and physically, I had expected nothing less. When I was a
junior, I was struggling with my OB class and did not think I was
going to pass. Dr. Sullivan went above and beyond to help me
succeed. She took so much time out of her busy schedule to meet
with me weekly the rest of the semester. Another faculty member who
played a major role in my success was Dr. Kelly. She was my
academic advisor, and I worked for her through Carlow's work study
program. She gave me advice and helped me in any way that she
could. I am extremely grateful for that.
- You secured a full-time nursing position at Allegheny General
Hospital prior to graduation. How did Carlow play a role in
Yes. I have accepted a position as a registered nurse on the
same unit I was placed on to precept as a student nurse. Carlow
gave me the opportunity to spend 120 hours on this unit that I very
quickly began to love. A position opened up as I was finishing my
practicum hours, and I jumped at the opportunity to further grow as
a new nurse with such amazing colleagues. I can't wait to begin my
career as a nurse this summer.
- Would you recommend Carlow's nursing program. And if so,
Yes, because the Carlow University Nursing Program prepares
students to tackle the obstacles that nurses face in their day to
day life. The amazing faculty and advisors help the students to do
their optimal best and achieve their goals.
- What will you miss about Carlow?
I will miss doing work study in the nursing simulation lab with
Dr. Curran and Dr. Kelly. They have helped me so much throughout
nursing school, and I am glad I got the opportunity to work with
them. I will also miss my friends. I have gained friendships
throughout my four years here at Carlow that will last a
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