Meet a Nursing Student

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David Antwi

Class of 2017

School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing student David Antwi ’17 of Ghana wanted to attend a small college so he could really get to know people. During his search for the perfect school, he had two good reasons to choose Elms: “Both of my aunties came here,” he said.

His aunts are alumna Victoria Antwi Boasiako ’10, a nurse at Baystate Medical Center, and Grace Antwi Boasiako ’15, a nursing student who graduates in May.

After some initial hesitation, the nursing program has been an excellent fit for him. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to like nursing, but I really like it here,” he said. “The professors are great, and I like the smaller classes - I really do well in smaller groups.”

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Rachel Lehouillier

Class of 2015

School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rachel Lehouillier ’15 of Belchertown, Mass., can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a nurse.

Lehouillier always admired her aunts and cousins who were nurses, and she witnessed the satisfaction they gained from helping patients every day. She wanted to follow in their footsteps. And Elms College has given her a strong foundation for her dream: As a very recent nursing graduate, she is on her way to the family nurse practitioner master’s program at Boston College.

Majoring in nursing keeps students extremely busy, but Lehouillier used time-management techniques to succeed both academically and athletically. She even was named to the NECC (New England Collegiate Conference) Academic All-Conference team in her senior year, an honor that requires student-athletes to post a minimum GPA of 3.4.

Although sports and school crowded Lehouillier’s schedule, she still found time to get involved on campus in other ways. She was copresident of the Student Nurses Association, for which she organized the toy-donation drive at Christmas. She also helped with blood drives every semester and a bone-marrow drive.

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Regina DiGiovanni

Class of 2015

School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing is one of the more demanding majors, especially in the junior and senior years. But Springfield native and recent nursing alumna Regina DiGiovanni ’15 didn't let that keep her from playing not one but two sports during her time at Elms College.

Regina, better known on campus as Gina, was an infielder for the Blazer softball team all four years, but realized after her freshman year that she also wanted to return to the sport she had a passion for in high school: soccer.

“I had a work-study with athletics my freshman year, and I used to work the soccer games, and it was killing me inside because I wanted to play,” said Gina, a midfielder. “So the next fall I decided I was going to play.”

Gina grew up playing sports. "It’s always been kind of big in our family, to play sports,” she said. Keeping up with both softball and soccer alongside the studies required for nursing is "definitely a balancing act,” she added, even though the sports are played in different semesters.

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