TGIF! Good morning everyone! I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to the weekend! I’d like to thank you all for tuning in to the last part of my mini blog series. I hope that you all have enjoyed reading the first two interviews and maybe even shared them with your friends and family. If you haven’t read them already, please be sure to check them out.
Today’s interview is with my longtime childhood friend Alana McKeever. We have known each other since we were both under five years old. I had the honor and privilege of attending her college graduation and it was very emotional to hear her name called out and to watch her receive her degree. Alana is a registered nurse and she now lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three oh so handsome sons.
Let’s get started:
Mitzi: While you were in high school, what made you decide that you wanted to go to college to continue your education?
Alana: I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, I wavered between being a doctor and a nurse. I always knew I wanted to go to college, I just needed to decide for what. Nursing seemed like the better fit and it was a great decision for me.
Question # 2
Mitzi: If you could pick just one, what would be the most important lesson that you learned during your college experience?
Alana: In college, I learned to manage my time, which had helped me tremendously in both my career and life in general. I also learned accountability. If I didn’t feel like going to class, I didn’t have to go. But if I didn’t pass the test, there was no one to blame but myself. It was a good lesson.
Question # 3
Mitzi: Were there any moments when you felt like giving up? If so, can you give us an example?
Alana: I never felt like giving up, that wasn’t an option. I did have classes that I hated and didn’t do very well in, but I knew I had to push through to get to my end goal- graduation.
Question # 4
Mitzi: Take us back to your graduation at Salve Regina University. Can you give us one word to describe what you felt at that exact moment when you heard your name and you walked on to the stage?
Alana: My graduation day was full of emotion. Sadness that I was leaving my friends and classmates. Fear of entering my chosen career and wondering if I had done enough to be successful. And also pride that I had completed my program and graduated with honors. It was surreal.
Question # 5
Mitzi: Did you decide to further your education after that point and why?
Alana: Furthering my education was always part of the plan. Originally I planned to get my NP 1-2 years out of school. But I got distracted by life, loved what I was doing and questioned whether I wanted to be an NP. When I decided I would get my masters degree, I had 2 kids and was working so the timing wasn’t right. I had another kid, was still working and decided to just go for it, because the timing might have NEVER felt right! It’s a lot to handle, but I get a sense of pride and achievement from handling it all.
Question # 6
Mitzi: To close out this mini interview, do you have any advice that you would like to give to our new generation Latinas and women in general?
Alana: I don’t have specific advice for girls, boys, Latinas or otherwise. What I want my children to know and for every young person to feel is to decide what you want and then go do it. The only person holding you back is yourself.
As you can see, all three women made the same point. You are the only person that has the power to either move forward with your goals or to hold yourself back. In conclusion, knowing all of the challenges that we encounter in our everyday lives, the only person that we have to prove anything to is ourselves. If you have the support of your family and friends and are able to pursue your college education, I sincerely encourage you to do so.
My goal in creating this mini series was to not only provide motivation and encouragement for everyone, but to also emphasize that we as women in today’s society have a responsibility to support and empower one another.
Again, I’d like to thank Yvette, Jennifer and Alana for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate. Not only did they share their college experiences with us, they also provided awesome encouraging advice that can actually be for all of us in one way or another.
Thank you again to all of my readers. I hope that you all enjoyed this mini blog series. Please don’t forget to subscribe for blog updates by email!
Have a great weekend everyone! Until next time…