by Odera Ezenna

Part of the University of West Georgia promise is to provide new ways to enhance students’ college experience and leadership development. This is done through a variety of services, programs and activities.

Ashlyn SummerlinSenior nursing major Ashlyn Summerlin is a perfect example of how taking advantage of these opportunities has helped her experience this promise.

Summerlin is the president of the Pre-Nursing Student Association and also the vice president of the Student Nurses’ Association here at UWG’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing. This local chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association is run completely by nursing students and provides opportunities for them. But for Summerlin, these programs have a much deeper meaning.

“Being a part of these organizations, I am able to build relationships with students who have the same interests as me,” Summerlin said. “It is so nice to be able to connect with so many people on a personal level and watch each other grow. We are all reaching the same goal, and the best part is that we can all do it together.”

Summerlin has taken full advantage of these organizations and credits her success at UWG to the academic opportunities it has provided.

She also credits her success to UWG’s advanced technology, especially the SIMS Lab—a simulation lab through which nursing students can practice in a simulated clinical environment.

“The technology within the SIMS Lab is out of this world,” she added. “It amazes me everyday how far UWG has come with it’s technology and its nursing program. It truly is an honor to be a UWG Wolf!”

Summerlin plans to become a registered nurse and has a desire to utilize the skills she has acquired at UWG to take American nursing practices global.

“The United States has advanced its medical technology tremendously, and I want to share that with the world—particularly countries that cannot afford advanced healthcare,” she concluded. “Something as simple as administering a vaccination can save an entire country, and I want to be a part of that.”

Posted on September 15, 2017