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Amber Soucy '13 - Westwood Lodge Hospital & Massachusetts Correctional Institution
Amber Soucy '13 applied to several colleges when looking at Nursing programs, but when it came down to making a decision, the choice was clear.
"I was directly accepted into the Curry Nursing program, so that had a big influence on my decision...and I received better scholarships from Curry. I would also get to start my clinical rotations during sophomore year, so I would gain that real world experience right off the bat."
"Add in the proximity to Boston and the connections you can make at all of the great hospitals there, you can't get any better than that."
Today she's working as a full-time Psych Nurse at Westwood Lodge Hospital in Westwood, MA; as well as a part-time Correctional Nurse at Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Cedar Junction, a maximum security prison in Walpole, MA.
From the beginning of her college career, the Springfield, Massachusetts native thrived in the Nursing program at Curry College, and would eventually complete clinical work at South Shore Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton, and Tufts Medical Center, among others, being exposed to a wide range of medical disciplines.
"I feel like I'm very well-rounded from all of my clinical work. I have experience working in medical-surgical, mental health, pediatrics, cardiac, maternity and more."
She excelled in her Nursing studies on campus as well, so much so that during her junior year, her professors nominated her for the Carroll Nursing Scholarship.
Established by Paul Carroll '83 and his wife Jean in memory of their son, Paul Carroll, III, the scholarship was bestowed upon the college in appreciation of the wonderful care and compassion the nursing staff showed their infant son and family while he was hospitalized.
Amber finally had her chance to meet the Carroll family during the annual Curry College Nurses Pinning Ceremony, during Commencement weekend 2012, where she was awarded the scholarship.
"I was intimidated at first, because I had never met them. But they ended up being amazing people. They went through such a tragedy, but also realized the influence nurses can have on people and they decided to give back. I plan on keeping in touch with them after Curry to update them on my progress so they can see that they invested their money well. I cannot thank them enough for helping me with my education."
Not only did Amber thrive as a nursing major and as a member of both the Curry College Student Nurses Association and the Nursing Honor Society, she also pursued a minor in biology and women's and gender studies, tutored for four different classes, AND worked as a peer mentor and as a student tour guide in the admissions office.
She was also a member of the ELITE Leadership Program, President of Student Ambassadors, President of Pure Vocals (ironically, Pure Vocals accepted an invitation to perform at the 2013 Nurses Pinning ceremony), and President of Curry's esteemed Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society.
Amber was also very involved in the community outside othe walls of Curry College. In 2011, she organized a community service trip to help out after the infamous June 1 tornado hit Western Massachusetts.
"I always used to tell prospective students that if you are going to be the student who stays in your room on Facebook all day, you will not like it here. Getting involved is a way to success."
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