Monmouth University’s commitment to personalized education gives students the freedom and flexibility to map a path to their chosen career. When Ryan Murphy ’14 realized he wanted to pursue a career in nursing, the University had not yet launched its pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Yet, Ryan, with the help of his advisors and professors, created his own way toward a healthcare profession.
Utilizing Monmouth’s versatile psychology program, Ryan was able to leverage various resources to reach his goal, including student organizations, study abroad opportunities, faculty mentoring, and undergraduate research, to compile an impressive résumé. In his senior year, Ryan co-founded and led the Monmouth University Street Team, formed to bring the campus community together, to encourage the discussion of big ideas, and to promote positivity.
Ryan’s effort, creativity, and positive outlook paid off—in Fall 2014, he entered Yale University’s Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing program.
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Faculty Member Influence
“Every one of my professors at Monmouth taught me a valuable lesson about academia, professionalism, and life,” Ryan said. “Even though I was a psychology major, Dr. Laura Kelly in the Department of Nursing went out of her way to speak with me when I was curious about health-related professions. Dr. Kelly introduced me to the field of advanced practice nursing, which really sparked my interest.
“After taking her ‘Becoming a Home Health Aide’ course and working alongside her as a peer learning assistant for three years, I decided to pursue a career in nursing.
“Because, at the time, Monmouth had no established undergraduate nursing program, Dr. Kelly helped me discover direct entry and bridge programs designed for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.”
How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals
“Monmouth consistently challenged me to be a better student, leader, and member of the community,” Ryan said. “Being in such an environment gave me the necessary confidence to always work toward my personal and academic goals.
“The faculty and staff on campus really care about their students and always make an effort to support their success. It was the support of Monmouth’s professionals and my peers that drove me to continue my education. I am pursuing a career as an adult/geriatric acute care nurse practitioner at Yale University.”
Organizations that helped me as a student
“Being involved in community service was a large part of my Monmouth experience,” Ryan said. “Throughout my entire undergraduate career, I worked with the First Year Service Project, a group focused on creating service opportunities for first-year students on campus.
“Completing service at Monmouth not only allowed me to be involved with the local community, but also introduced me to students and staff who are now lifelong friends.
“I also had the opportunity to travel to both Guatemala and Haiti to represent Monmouth on alternative break trips. During these trips, groups of MU students and staff work together to complete service abroad, connecting us with the global community.
“I was also part of a team of students and staff that created the Monmouth University Street Team, or MUST, an organization that aims to promote positivity and conversations about meaningful ideas.
“And though not necessarily an organization, being a student in the Honors School was also an integral part of my success at Monmouth. The Honors School administration constantly supported me in all aspects of my career at Monmouth.”
Collaborations that I've been involved with
“As requirements for both the Department of Psychology and the Honors School, I had to complete two theses,” Ryan said. “Working with both Dr. Natalie Ciarocco and Dr. Gary Lewandowski during these processes enabled me to learn about professional research in a hands-on environment. I now feel prepared to complete future research, whether it is during graduate school or my career.”
My favorite Monmouth memory
“It is impossible to boil down my Monmouth experience into one favorite memory,” Ryan said. “Over those four years, Monmouth became a part of what I considered home. From working with the New Student Orientation staff, to interacting with the exotic animals at Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari during my experiential education requirement, Monmouth always surprised me with new and exciting opportunities. It is with a bittersweet smile that I start my newest adventure as a Monmouth University alumnus.”