Laura Godinez

Laura GodinezName: Laura Godinez
Age: 20
Major:  Nursing
Hometown:  Edinburg

UTRGV is close to home and offers the perfect preparation to help me achieve my goals and secure my future. I love that UTRGV has a vast amount of organizations and activities that everyone can get involved with. UTRGV offers so many opportunities to its students. Everyone around campus is extremely friendly and helpful! You will probably find a greater diversity of students here who are bilingual than anywhere else.

What made you decide on your current major?
Nursing is my current major and I felt a strong pull toward it ever since I learned of it during my senior year in high school. I have a great passion for caring for others holistically and the desire to continue adapting to the ever-changing needs of each individual.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to take my NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse and specialize in neonatal nursing. Furthermore, I will continue to further my education by attending UTRGV to obtain my master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

What are you involved in on and off campus?
I am currently in the BSN nursing program on campus. I am also employed on campus as a work study in Admissions and New Student Services as an office assistant under my supervisor, Rogelio Munoz. I am a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and in the community volunteer at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in the nursery department with newborns.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
I was accepted into the Bachelor of Science Nursing program this fall 2015 semester. It has been an astonishing and unforgettable experience so far. I have learned many incredible skills as a nursing student. I hope to become a caring experienced nurse and a role model to all future nursing students.
I am also proud of my being named to the Dean’s List throughout my time as a university student and my nomination last year as Student Employee of the Year.

What advice do you have for future students?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s better to be an informed student rather than a confused one. Manage your time wisely. It’s helpful to get your tasks done right away so you never have to find yourself rushing, procrastinating, or going to bed at 3 a.m. Pay attention in class and think positively. Remember that many students are in the same situation as you. College is the place to explore and learn more about yourself.