A student profile of senior nursing student Sierra Galloway
Johnson City native Sierra Galloway signs her emails "Cheerfully! Sierra Galloway."
Nothing could be more appropriate. She is an enthusiastic person who does nothing
half-way. Her college experience has been a rich one because she bubbles over with
A senior studying nursing, she seems to have selected the perfect career path for
herself after sampling different clinical areas. "I LOVE women's health, labor and
delivery, newborn nursery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," she says. "I find
during these clinicals that I want to work seven 12-hour shifts in a row. That's what
I want . . . a job that isn't really a job because it is so enjoyable."
Sierra is also a Roan Scholar, and she has made the most of her opportunity to participate
in the prestigious Roan Scholars Leadership Program.
She says, "Being a Roan Scholar has been more of a blessing than I had ever imagined.
The family this scholarship provides for me has made me a stronger leader and a more
dedicated, hard-working person.
"My favorite activity," she adds, "has been the evening we held a formal event to
thank the Roan Scholars donors and supporters. It felt wonderful to express gratitude
to the people who support us every day, not just financially, but emotionally as well.
They treat all of us scholars as family."
Sierra's cheerful attitude has been an asset in her role as a member of the President's
Pride student service honorary. Among her volunteer duties, she chose to dress in
an elf costume for the university's winter celebration and enthusiastically ushered
small children to meet Santa.
Recently, she had the chance to serve as an intern for the Office of New Student and
Family Programs during Preview Weekend. That has led to a wish to serve a longer internship
and a greater commitment, since she enjoys promoting ETSU to others.
"I can't think of anything I have not enjoyed about my ETSU experience," she says.
"I couldn't have chosen a better university for me. I take great pride in wearing
my blue and gold—in fact, 75 percent of my closet is blue and gold clothing!"
Set to graduate in December of 2015, she says, "I am ready and eager to take the next
step in life; ready to take the knowledge and skills that the faculty and staff have
taught me and apply that to my future. I'm so very thankful for the opportunities
this university has supplied."