If Shannon Storey’s high school self could see her now, she might not recognize the confident, thriving student on her way to a professional career as a nurse. Growing up, Shannon struggled with her own emotional health and a poor self-image. She knew that before she could dedicate her life to helping others, she would have to win her internal battles.
She succeeded, with the support of faculty and staff at the VCU School of Nursing. Shannon felt welcomed into a community that fostered her pride and success, and she especially appreciated the career development assistance — how staff and faculty took time out of their schedules to discuss her strengths, weaknesses and options for the future.
While acknowledging the school’s high academic standards and the challenging course work, Shannon says that what stands out for her is the invested, supportive interest the faculty takes in its students.
Shannon decided to become a nurse after working at a free clinic in her hometown of Herndon, Va., while in high school. There she observed nurses working long hours and selflessly taking extra time to help the underserved. That inspiration never left her. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Shannon has been class director and selected for the Division of Student Affairs’ Emerging Leaders Program every year since she was a freshman.
Now a fourth-year intern, she completed a summer externship in the VCU Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this past summer, and she hopes to pursue graduate studies to become a pediatric nurse practitioner in VCU’s nursing master’s program.
Outside of her studies, Shannon also dedicates her time to rock climbing, which bolsters her newfound confidence. Today, she marvels at her transformation from someone who doubted herself to someone who knows exactly what she wants out of life.