• Emily Nelson

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN

    Emily's Bio:
    I am a senior majoring in communication and minoring in photography. The College of St. Scholastica has been a great place for me to be throughout my college journey. I am fascinated by the world and am currently studying abroad at Regent's University London in England. I live for the little things and the adventures I stumble upon everyday. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, listening to and writing music, taking pictures, and exploring.

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

Why CSS?

There are a lot of reasons for why I am still here at CSS, but why did I choose to come in the first place? I think back to the summer before my senior year of high school, when I began touring colleges. I knew I was interested in pursuing a nursing degree, mostly due to my desire to help others and the four nurses I have in my family that I have always looked up to.

I was in a variety of courses my senior year, but the two that stuck out the most were my Journalism and Nursing (CNA) class. To be honest, the only school I seriously looked at was the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I was set on that. I fell in love with the campus, the river, the idea of starting there in the fall, and pursuing a nursing degree there.

This was only until I had an instinctive urge to apply to The College of St. Scholastica. My mother, Amy, graduated from the nursing program here in 1992, so CSS was always in the back of my mind. It was almost all-of-a-sudden, I felt like I knew I would be going to CSS. I applied and was accepted, and I chose CSS before I even toured the campus.

Four years later, I am a semester away from being done with my undergraduate studies in Communication and Photography. Even though the nursing program was what brought me to CSS and Duluth, I have always felt like there was a deeper reason for my being here. There is something truly special about the community here, the professors, the staff, my fellow students, the city, and everything else about Duluth.

I have rediscovered myself here at CSS. I have found such purpose and passion for MY life, something I had lost years before. I have not been this happy since I was a child. Even though I do not know exactly where I want to take my life next, I feel so prepared and empowered to do whatever I set my mind to. I owe most of this to the professors I have met and learned from in the Communication program, my mentors in the other programs I have been involved in at CSS, my family’s support from hours away, and the friends I have met here.

The nursing program may have been what brought me here, but the community, care, and compassion I have encountered is what made me stay. The College of St. Scholastica is a place like no other, and I will truly miss learning from all who are a part of it.

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