I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare, and my religion major creates an interesting and sometimes conflicting supplement to my intended profession.
"Outside of being on the cross country and track team here, I volunteer in the emergency room at Evangelical Community Hospital and RiverWoods Nursing Care Center. I want to be a nurse practitioner eventually, so I'm gaining really valuable experience in my volunteer work.
"I'm a religion major, which is surprising in some ways, because I was originally going to study something in the sciences. But I took an intro to ethics class, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to keep taking courses in the religion department. I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare, and my religion major creates an interesting and sometimes conflicting supplement to my intended profession. For example, I have the opportunity to view controversies in science concerning abortion and birth control through both subjective and objective lenses. Going into a field like medicine, which is all about precision and accuracy, it's exciting to realize that not everything can be so concretely defined. Even the word "religion" is such an abstract and complex term.
"The study of ethics is very challenging. It pushes you think outside of your own experience, which you are not often fully aware of, because you are living it. After attending Catholic schools throughout my life, the opportunity to learn about other cultures and their religious beliefs and practices has given me a much more comprehensive understanding of diverse worldviews. Having this background has prepared me for the many different interactions that I will engage in throughout my career. I think that it will allow me to be more respectful and perceptive if I'm treating people that practice different religions. It gives me a bit of an edge."
Catherine is from Point Lookout, N.Y.Posted May 9, 2013