Heather Raley
Henderson, Ky.
Sophomore, Class of May 2016

Did you start your college experience at Murray State or did you transfer from another school?
I started at MSU as a freshman.

Why did you choose Murray State?
I liked the small town feel and the student to professor ratio on campus. It is more of an individualized learning setting versus a larger university.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
I’m in Kappa Delta sorority and I hold the VP Standards Council position, which takes up a lot of my free time. I also enjoy being in the Honors Program because it has encouraged me to study abroad. I’ve traveled abroad to Australia for a semester in the fall of 2012 and this summer I will go to Tanzania in Africa to work as a nurse in two hospitals in the city of Dar es Salaam.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself while being a student at Murray State?
I have a twin sister, and I have learned that my relationship with my family especially my sister Samantha is now more important to me as I am away from home. My family has a great impact in my life.

What has been your biggest challenge in making the change from high school to university life and how have you dealt with it?
Time management was the biggest hurdle. I am used to being involved in everything and at Murray state there is so much to choose from, So it has been difficult to balance a social life with academic achievement.

What do you like about nursing? Have you learned anything unique about nursing at Murray State?
The professors are genuinely invested in the students in my program. The sequence of the program courses encourage a well-rounded hands on education, which is truly valuable in the hospital end and working with patients.

What are your career plans after graduation?
I plan to go to Vanderbilt university nursing school to continue my education with a masters in midwifery and become a travel nurse and hopefully visit other countries in need of assistance in their obstetrics unit within their hospitals.