Hometown: New Fairfield, Connecticut
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Activities: Honors Program, President of Student Nurses’ Association for 2016-17, Volunteer Coordinator of Student Nurses’ Association for 2015-16, Nursing Honors Society, Love Your Melon Campus Crew Co-Captain, National Student Nurses’ Association Member, part-time jobs at Ability Beyond and New York Sports Club
INTERNSHIPS: Clinicals at Danbury Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, Waterbury Hospital, Bethel VNA, Bethel Health Care, Ridgefield High School
Honors and Awards: Presidential Academic Scholarship all four years, Nursing Honors Society (Sigma Theta Tau International), Honors Program all four years, Dean's List multiple semesters, recipient of Jane C. Thompson Nursing Award for Leadership (2017)
Why go anywhere else when you can go to the best? The answer was obvious to Thea Martin. "I decided to come to WestConn because it is ranked No. 1 in Connecticut for nursing schools. It is only 25 minutes from my hometown, but I decided to live on campus in order to have a new start in college. The location made it easy for me to go home, if necessary, but to start living on my own as well."
Martin decided to major in nursing because she has a passion for helping people. "Nursing has provided me with the opportunity of caring for patients on the best days of their lives and the worst days of their lives, and nothing is more humbling and fulfilling than that."
At Western, Martin says, "Dr. Monica Sousa, my nursing professor and SNA adviser, became someone I looked up to and someone who mentored me along the way. Her passion for her students and her desire to continue to learn -- even with a doctorate -- inspires me to move forward with education even beyond graduation."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Martin says it was the National Student Nurses Association conference in Dallas, Texas. "A group of nine students and our adviser took a trip out to Dallas to participate in a nursing convention with students from across the country."
Martin says she will be an RN by the summer and then she plans on working in a hospital relatively close by. She recently accepted an offer from Yale New Haven Hospital's Smilow Cancer Center.
Her advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Join clubs, talk to people in the library, knock on your neighbor’s door to introduce yourself. The friends I made freshman year in my hallway have been my best friends and family throughout all of college; taking the risk is worth it."