Elaine Warren is a transfer nursing major from Lake Barrington, IL
Hometown: Lake Barrington, IL
Year: Expected graduation: 2021
Transfer from: Harper College
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
I wanted to be a mother when I grew up, and I did just that!
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
God placed a calling on my heart to nursing. I never thought that this would be my path, but I absolutely love it.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
I have found that it is possible to form relationships with people on the same education path, even if classes are only taken online.
How have you connected with other students at NIU?
I have connected through Blackboard and online group meetings.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
I love Lynn Dykstra! Her patient presentation and love for nursing is a rare quality.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
I love the soccer fields. My son graduated from NIU in 2010 and played on the soccer team during his tenure.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Start what you finish. Even if you move slowly through the process, finishing is a reward in itself.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
I have learned how to juggle numerous responsibilities and to manage my time in ways I never thought I could.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
I love a pedicure when I am stressed. There is something about having my feet massaged that uniquely recharges me. I also believe that everything you ever need to know about life you can learn in a garden. Think about it. Struggles are a part of every life process. Some of us may bloom early, and some of us may bloom late. If we stay watered and keep our faces turned to the light, we cannot help but bloom at just the time we were created to. Spending time in the garden always resets my perspective on life. Stay rooted in the truth and bloom where you are planted, my friends!