"It has been a place where I have been able to get involved, meet fun people, and be challenged academically."
"Going into the medical field, I especially wanted a school that valued the dignity of human life."
We are not taught just "book knowledge," we are also taught practical skills that will enable us to behave as professionals in a nursing environment.
We're like a really close-knit community. We all know each other. We come together and truly care. It's not something you find in a bigger college where there are so many people. Here you have the opportunity to get to know everyone personally.
We had one mother who said it better than anything that I could ever say. She said, "My son is at Aquinas College learning to be a business leader with a soul." And if we can do that, then I'm pretty happy. That's all I can ask.
"It is awesome that Aquinas is in Nashville."
A few years ago if you would've told me the stuff that I'm reading and the stuff that I'm writing I wouldn't have believed you.
Aquinas teaches me to think beyond myself and think about the common good and how to serve others.
You go to house lunches and it's not just students, it's faculty and administrators eating together, so you get to know them on a personal level. It's like a family dinner.
Here everybody knows each other. Even the teachers, they know you by name and they truly care. In high school with so many students it was so hard to know everyone. Here the teachers interact on a personal level.
In high school, I knew I was going to study nursing in college. And so whenever I was wondering where I should go to school, they said go to Aquinas College because Aquinas nurses are selected before anyone else, from the hospitals, they seek us out. So that was definitely a cool thing about Aquinas and why I wanted to study nursing.
When I got here, everyone already had friends established, but whenever I came in, they were so nice and included me. They welcomed me as if I was part of their family.
What surprised me the most about Aquinas was the Catholic tradition and how everybody practices it at that level. I'd never seen anything like it, even as a cradle Catholic. It was a whole new thing compared how I'd always practiced.
The house lunches are a huge sense of community, and we genuinely talk to each other regardless of age, station, or ties into the school environment. I think the religious tradition has a lot to do with that.
Aquinas makes you attentive to the different ways that God leads us to a vocation.
I wanted to attend a college where I would be allowed to freely and fully practice and grow in my faith, while receiving a dynamic, modern nursing education.
Because they're not just giving you everything...know this, know this, know this, this list of things, and you're good for life? No! Know this foundational principle, know why, and then when you come across things in life, you can apply anything to this and you will know what to do.
In my country, when someone smiles or says hi and you don't know them, it is weird because they only greet you if it is family. So here when strangers do it they are trying to be nice, they are not trying to get anything from you. The South is friendly and I am adjusting to it.
The residential community creates an environment of peace, love, caring, and tight bonds.
I love all my professors. They care about their students and challenge them. Their faith is number one in their lives and that’s what matters the most to me.
An Aquinas education is not just all about the individual – it is about the community.
I think the nursing program at Aquinas really prepares you. It's very rigorous, but I think that the level of respect that the hospitals and community have for it speak to that, so it's worth it all in the end.
I'm Catholic. I just love that the school can live by its faith values because faith plays a big role in my life.
I have a strong sense of belonging here at Aquinas because I have been accepted, respected, and supported by the Aquinas community. I know that I am not just a number, but a human person wanted and recognized by the school.
I believe that this semester, I will be in a classroom sixteen times observing a lesson or teaching a lesson. I'm only a junior and I've already been in classrooms before.
You have opportunities for daily mass or adoration, or living on campus, three days a week we hold rosary walks and night prayer. You don't find that anywhere else.