Judy Njeri Clark, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Major: Nursing
Graduation Date: April 28, 2018
Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time

The desire to further my education was not obstructed by my responsibilities of being a wife, mother, and a full-time employee. The opportunity to enroll part-time provided an avenue to perpetuate pursuing my academic desires while satisfying my other responsibilities efficaciously. Part-time school enrollment was a preserving grace through my academic journey.

After graduation, I intend to attend graduate school in pursuit of a master’s degree in pediatric primary care nurse practitioner or pediatric primary and acute care nurse practitioner at UAB. I hope to enroll in the near future— within a year and a half post-graduation. Increasing my knowledge and experience and using those tools to give the very best care to my patients will positively affect outcomes. My desire is to give excellent care and furthering my education is a fundamental element to reaching my goal.

It is humbling, represents resilience, resolve and result. I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, raised solely by my mother. This achievement is a prosperous product of her insistence on her four daughters that education is a doorway of opportunities. Though educating us as we grew up was a financial burden, I have procured the education she always verbally expressed “no one can take away.” I hope that it inspires others that regardless of age and commitments, pursuing academic goals excellently is possible.