For some students who enter into the medical field, it is seen as a career that will afford financial stability and possible freedom, but for many Southern Nazarene Students it is viewed as a career that can help better the lives others. It is that desire to serve and help others that led junior Maggie Williams to pursue a degree in biology at SNU.
Williams traced her aspiration to enter the health care field back to her mother’s work as a nurse. She said seeing her mother’s joy firsthand inspired her and made her realize from a young age that she wanted to serve others in the health care field. “As I got older, I discovered that I loved learning about the sciences and working with people,” explained Williams. “So what better way to serve others than by combining those two passions with my passion to care for others?”
Being a student at SNU has proven to be the perfect place for her to pursue her passions. Not only has she been inspired by several of her professors with their career advice, but Williams said the small size of her classes and close connections with her fellow students have also proven instrumental in her education. “I love the small class sizes because I have become close friends with many of my fellow students, which is really beneficial when it comes to forming study groups,” said Williams. “It is also nice to have a friendly relationship with my professors. I feel very comfortable around them and I think that helps facilitate learning beyond a classroom lecture.”
This past summer Williams embarked on her greatest learning opportunity yet as she took part in the Oklahoma Health Care Internship six-week program. She was just one of six students chosen from five participating faith-based universities to spend two-week rotations at three different faith-based, charitable clinics in Oklahoma City. Through this internship Williams learned a wide range of skills including how to draw blood, take vitals and perform a variety of lab tests, as well gaining a better understanding of how a clinic operates. More importantly, this internship helped further cement her calling to serve others. “It has been such a blessing to see the health care providers pray with their patients who clearly need love and support,” she added. “This has inspired me to reflect on the meaning of having a servant’s heart in both our personal lives and careers.”
Williams is also grateful for the support SNU has received in the creation of the new West Science Laboratory. She said the open layout and abundance sunshine has made it a positive environment for her and other science students to learn and thrive in.