University of Minnesota

Nursing Student Profile

Name: Kate Shelerud
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How and why did you choose your major?

When selecting a major, I wanted something that combined my love of science with my love of people and desire to give back. I am amazed every day by not only the human body and all of its detailed, complex processes, but also with the resilience and tenacity of my patients.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

The human body is incredible to me. In nursing, you learn about the body, disease processes, and forms of treatment. My favorite part about nursing is that there is always one step further to understand-- first you understand a system from a broad lens, followed by a more detailed understanding, and finally you can begin to look at disease processes and treatment options. It is a constant, incredible cycle of assessment, understanding, and intervention. Nursing gives you the rare combination of being able to think critically in high-stakes situations while forming meaningful relationships with others.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

I was selected as a Nursing "Summer III" Intern at The Mayo Clinic after my junior year and will be returning to work in their Pediatric-ICU after graduation. I have also worked in pediatric home care and served on the Nursing College Board, Nursing Curriculum Committee, and Student Affairs Student Advisory Committee. In addition, I am a member of the University's cross country and track teams.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

Since this program is competitive, you will find that every person accepted is wholeheartedly "in" and passionate about nursing. This program is full of rigorous courses and countless clinical hours, but once accepted you will learn SO much. If you feel a real desire to study physiology intensively, invest in others, and have a tangible love health promotion, give nursing a shot! (Pun intended!)

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