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East Tennessee State University


Sierra Galloway

A student profile of senior nursing student Sierra Galloway

Johnson City native Sierra Galloway signs her emails "Cheerfully! Sierra Galloway." Nothing could be more appropriate. She is an enthusiastic person who does nothing half-way. Her college experience has been a rich one because she bubbles over with excitement.

A senior studying nursing, she seems to have selected the perfect career path for herself after sampling different clinical areas. "I LOVE women's health, labor and delivery, newborn nursery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," she says. "I find during these clinicals that I want to work seven 12-hour shifts in a row. That's what I want . . . a job that isn't really a job because it is so enjoyable."

Sierra is also a Roan Scholar, and she has made the most of her opportunity to participate in the prestigious Roan Scholars Leadership Program.

She says, "Being a Roan Scholar has been more of a blessing than I had ever imagined. The family this scholarship provides for me has made me a stronger leader and a more dedicated, hard-working person.

"My favorite activity," she adds, "has been the evening we held a formal event to thank the Roan Scholars donors and supporters. It felt wonderful to express gratitude to the people who support us every day, not just financially, but emotionally as well. They treat all of us scholars as family."

Sierra's cheerful attitude has been an asset in her role as a member of the President's Pride student service honorary. Among her volunteer duties, she chose to dress in an elf costume for the university's winter celebration and enthusiastically ushered small children to meet Santa.

Recently, she had the chance to serve as an intern for the Office of New Student and Family Programs during Preview Weekend. That has led to a wish to serve a longer internship and a greater commitment, since she enjoys promoting ETSU to others.

"I can't think of anything I have not enjoyed about my ETSU experience," she says. "I couldn't have chosen a better university for me. I take great pride in wearing my blue and gold—in fact, 75 percent of my closet is blue and gold clothing!"

Set to graduate in December of 2015, she says, "I am ready and eager to take the next step in life; ready to take the knowledge and skills that the faculty and staff have taught me and apply that to my future. I'm so very thankful for the opportunities this university has supplied."

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