Dylan Brown, ‘25, shares his experiences as a first-year nursing student. Dylan has received numerous opportunities to grow his skillset in the classroom and beyond through Niagara University’s nursing program.
What made you decide to pursue nursing?
I have two amazing aunts who are nurses who have always been a significant part of my life. On top of that, I’ve always believed in leaving the world a better place than when you arrived.
When you were a prospective student, what about Niagara’s nursing program stood out to you?
The fact we start clinical in our sophomore year is almost unheard of. Most colleges that offer the four-year B.S.N. program I looked into do not begin their clinical until their junior year. I have always been a hands-on learner, and having that extra clinical experience provides me with the best opportunity to pass the NCLEX.
What has your first year in the nursing program been like?
Before going to college, I was warned that professors are nothing like teachers in high school. At Niagara, this is entirely untrue. Every professor I had my first semester knew all the students' names within the first month. With the small class sizes, you get to engage in the classroom just as you did in high school. When it comes to the classroom, it's more than just professors reading off slides and students trying to write down everything. Professors keep students truly engaged in the classroom and hold open office hours if a student needs help.
What experiences have you been able to partake in so far, both in the classroom and beyond?
This semester, I have just started my nursing lab and am currently learning about bedside care. I am also excited to use the nursing simulation lab during my time here. Outside of the classroom, I am a part of the ROTC program and club lacrosse team. I’ve realized ROTC can guide me to become a better leader and person. Although the program can be rigorous, it also keeps me focused on what matters.
How would you describe your time here at Niagara so far?
Niagara has made me realize everyone is different, and everyone has their own story, but that doesn’t make it a bad thing. When you put people with the same interest in the same room, you realize anything is possible.
Learn more about Niagara’s four-year B.S.N. program.