Thamara Jean is a junior majoring in nursing. She transferred over to Florida Atlantic University from Broward College to continue working towards her degree.
“At my medical magnet high school, my advisor sat me down to talk about college and career goals dealing with nursing. She advised me to pursue my BSN at FAU. The school is in a great location; it’s affordable and offers many resources to the students,” said Jean.
After transferring from Broward college, where Jean was greatly involved with a variety of student organizations, she has followed stride at FAU and became the vice president of Leadership for Omicron Delta Kappa, secretary for Impact Autism, a member of Konbit Kreyol, and a historian for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Student Nurses Association.
She explained that the most difficult part of college were the life skills you never learn in high school. “…like budgeting, independence, prioritizing, note-taking, networking, self-motivation, and my favorite, resourcefulness. The first thing I did was ask for help from the advisor on my classes. During orientation, I learned about a mentoring program and joined. I attended workshops and free events where I learned about resources, networking, business etiquette and leadership development skills,” Jean said.
Being a junior and having experiences as an FAU student, we asked Jean if she had any advice for incoming freshmen. She said, “For starters, find a mentor. Not only do you have a friend, but you now have someone your age that you can ask for help. Secondly, join an organization, take on a leadership position and give back to the community through service. Think of your education as an investment for your future. This is the time to learn, try out, and explore while finding your purpose.”
In the summer, Jean plans to be in nursing school while traveling to New York and Maryland during breaks.
Within the next five years, Jean would like to work on her Master of Science in nursing or serve short-staffed areas as a travel nurse.
When asked how FAU has prepared her for a career thus far, Jean said, “I received my first office job at FAU working as a student assistant. Working for the vice president of Student Affairs, I’ve learned hospitality and service to the university, which I can apply to the nursing field by providing service to my patients. The College of Nursing is a beautiful facility that has the most caring professors that equip me for my future career as a nurse.”
College of Nursing
Clubs and Organizations:
Secretary for Impact Autism, member of Konbit Kreyol student organization, Vice President of Leadership for Omicron Delta Kappa, and Historian for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Student Nurses Association.
Hobbies and Interests:
A little of everything from dancing, singing and playing the piano to photography, video games and sketching.
What would you like to accomplish in the next five years?:
I would like to work on my Master of Science in Nursing or serve short-staffed areas as a Travel Nurse.
Words to live by:
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King Jr.
“Tough times don’t last but tough people do.”
Something cool about FAU you wish you knew during you first year:
An iLead Conference is a game changer since it’s like a mini Ted-Talk. It’s a day for potential, current and future leaders to empower and encourage each other. There’s always something new to learn and new people to meet.
Advice for fellow students:
For starters, find a mentor. Not only do you have a friend, but you now have someone your age that can ask for help. Secondly, join an organization, take on a leadership position and give back to the community through service. Think of your education as an investment for your future. This is the time to learn, try out, and explore while finding your purpose. Mistakes and problems do arise but always remember that they won’t last.