Jacquelyn Iwema ’13 has wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember. “I was always interested in cleaning family members’ cuts, hearing my aunt’s stories about nursing, and helping others,” she said. “I have a very compassionate heart that I feel God has given me to equip me for nursing.”
Jacquelyn came to Trinity from Lombard, Illinois, a Chicago suburb about 30 minutes from campus. She was attracted to Trinity both by the reputation of Trinity’s nursing program and by her familiarity with the College. That familiarity came naturally as her brother Hank Iwema III ’11and several cousins all attended the College.
Jacquelyn’s first two years at Trinity have exceeded her expectations. “My Trinity experience has been nothing short of amazing! It’s been a part of my ‘coming into my own’, helping me gain independence while still keeping me attached to my roots,” she said. “I love the education I’m getting, not just for my major but how to be a servant furthering God’s kingdom. In my experience so far at Trinity, I've loved the community it offers. Students can be seen as accountability partners, and the education I receive is from believers in Christ. The classes are also small enough to receive individual attention from professors, and I feel valued.”
As a freshman, Jacquelyn declared nursing as her major and began preparing herself to follow that educational track. She even joined other nursing students in traveling to Ecuador during Interim 2011 to help provide basic care for poor urban and jungle communities, a trip she thoroughly enjoyed. Read more about the trip: http://www.trnty.edu/News/020311a.html.
This summer, Jacquelyn was formally accepted into Trinity’s nursing program, a program which she believes is particularly strong because of Trinity’s location. “I love that the College is in such a great area where we can experience the diversity of Chicagoland,” she said. “There is great variety in the hospitals associated with Trinity.” Jacquelyn currently hopes to become a labor and delivery nurse, though she admits that experience may lead her to discover a different passion.
With the arrival of the Fall semester, Jacquelyn will start her training in Trinity’s new laboratory space. “I’m very excited to be starting in the new lab. It will be such a blessing for the nursing students and will also better equip our learning,” she said.
As she officially enters the nursing program, Jacquelyn’s call is as strong as ever. Said Jacquelyn, “Some people feel closest to God in nature, but I feel closest to Christ when I’m learning about the human body.”