Revela Odhuno

Revela Odhuno

#PeopleofNIU Photo by Danielle Guerra/Institutional Communications

Hometown: Kenya

Major: Nursing

Why did you choose your field of study?
I have a lot of reasons why I chose the major. The most important one is that I consider nursing to be more than just a career—because nurses play very important roles in the lives of patients—and I want to be part of that lifestyle where I can make a difference in someone’s life.

How did you learn about NIU, and why did you choose to attend?
I learned about NIU when I was still in Kenya. The high school I went to was started by NIU Professor Teresa Wasonga and her husband Andrew Otieno, and they would tell us about it.

After I graduated from high school, Professor Kurt Thurmaier thought it would be a good opportunity to come and study at NIU. He and his wife, Jeanine Thurmaier, have sponsored me since high school.

Are you involved in any activities at NIU? What else do you do for fun/hobbies in your spare time?
Not so much at this point, but I do attend the African Student Association. I look forward to getting more involved in the next two years at NIU. I read novels, hang out with friends (sometimes) and bike.

What do you like about our campus and community?
I think what I like most is that the campus is diverse—and just having people from very different backgrounds and countries and getting to know them is really interesting.

What has your experience inside the classroom been like at NIU?
Having been a pre-nursing major for two years most of my classes were huge, which was overwhelming, but I had fun in small classes like English—especially having the same teacher two semesters in a row and getting to know my classmates was fun. Most of my professors were great.

What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
Experiences I have had in my classes have been the best so far—always having an open mind and learning from people every single day.

Would you recommend NIU to others and why?
I would. It has so many majors to choose from and most importantly everyone is here to help you succeed. Professors and staff are very friendly and understanding.

What’s a general piece of advice you’d give to someone starting college?
Manage your time and take good care of yourself! Avoid peer influences and please go to class!


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