Campus Conversation: Shannon McDade

“I’ve always known I wanted to pursue a career that would make a difference in someone’s life. I wanted to be able to help others, but also be challenged and ready to learn each and every day. Nursing allows me to connect with people and their families, as well as ensure that no day is ever the same. Post grad I’ll be moving to Charlotte, NC and working as a critical care nurse. It’s bittersweet to be graduating next week because I’m ready for the next step after college, but I’m sad to be leaving a place that has become my home the past 3 ½ years. I know UofSC and the College of Nursing have prepared me for what’s next, but it’s hard to leave the best years behind. 

My advice to freshmen would be to remember that everything will work out in the end. Don’t overwork yourself and miss out on all the fun and endless opportunities UofSC has to offer. Continue to work hard, but in the end grades will not define your worth. You don’t want to look back when you’re a senior and regret anything.”

Shannon McDade, senior nursing major

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