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“Living here in New Rochelle I had, naturally, heard about the College. I knew, too, that they had a wonderful nursing program. To tell you the truth, I feel very honored to be a student at CNR, and to be part of this nursing community.”

Alka Kurian SN’10
Major: Nursing
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
High School: New Rochelle High School

Where are you from, Alka?
I was born in India and spent my early years there, but after elementary school my family moved to New Rochelle. Besides my parents, who live in New Rochelle, I have an older sister who attends the Albany College of Pharmacy.

You are studying nursing?
Yes, I want to be a nurse because I want to make a difference in my community. The feelings and emotions I get from helping others are beyond description. I have volunteered at local hospitals during my summers for several years and when I see the struggles people undergo, I just want to reach out and help them.

Do you also work besides attending college and doing your volunteering? 
I have a part-time job at the New Rochelle Library. It is a perfect job for me because I love to read. Right now I’m reading The Stranger by Albert Camus. He’s a wonderful writer.

Why did you decide to come to CNR?
Living here in New Rochelle I had, naturally, heard about the College. I knew, too, that they had a wonderful nursing program. To tell you the truth, I feel very honored to be a student at CNR, and to be part of this nursing community.

You’re a commuter student, right?
Yes, and it has been fun. I come to classes, of course, but I also spend a lot of time in the computer lab and working out in The Wellness Center. Because it is a small campus, I can get anywhere I want to be within minutes.

Are you involved in any activities on campus?
In my first semester, I was part of the Drama Club. I’m not doing anything special this semester, but in the future I want to be involved in the nursing association for students.

Are you playing sports?
I played Lacrosse and ran track at New Rochelle High, now I just enjoy biking and playing badminton and softball with my friends.

What do you like best about CNR?
Two aspects of the school make this college perfect for me. One, I love the small class sizes and, two, I appreciate the very supportive professors. My teachers are always there to help me stay focused on my studies, and I know they care about me, and the want me to be the best I can do. I feel that here at CNR, I can reach my full academic potential, and be a good nurse. And that is want I want to be.



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