2017 Graduate, RN-BSN
Background: Candice Adame had never been to El Paso before the day of her graduation from the RN-BSN program. Candice had received her associate's degree in nursing back in 2007 and had been a registered nurse for nine years. Getting her bachelor's degree in nursing was the next step. Accompanied by her husband, two children and aunt, she traveled to the UTEP campus to participate in the graduation ceremony all the way from San Antonio. They were bowled over by the beauty of our mountains, the warmth of the people and oh, yes, the food!
Why she enrolled in this program:
I just wanted to further my education, and completing my bachelor’s degree has been a long journey for me. It was a personal goal, and also something that I wanted to, do for my family and for myself, to further my education and my career.
Her experience with online learning:
I did take a few classes online prior to enrolling through UTEP through Austin Community College. I‘ve had, just, a wonderful experience through UTEP.
On the availability of campus resources to her as an online student:
I did (have the support I needed). You know, people tend to think that not going to class and taking classes online is sort of an easy route, but it’s definitely not. I feel like the curriculum and the experience was challenging enough for me, and I learned a lot.
What she plans to do next:
I’m not sure...I think I’m kinda tinkering with graduate schools. So, that’s how much I enjoyed school!
What she would say to a prospective online student:
I think it’s important just to stay focused on the ultimate goal. There’s always gonna be an end to your goal, and eventually it will come, and I started this this journey, you know, many years ago and I can’t believe that I’m here today about to graduate.
Watch Candice's entire interview
Candice recently reached out to us to let us know that she is in a fulfilling role at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She says "I am forever grateful for the UTEP online program and this is how it continues to make a positive impact in my life! Go Miners!!" See what Candice does at HHS.