Student Nurse Pursuing Her Passion for Helping Others

Evelyn Singh

MCC registered nursing student Evelyn Singh said this spring is her best semester ever. Not only is it her last semester before graduation, she loves taking care of mothers and babies in her clinical rotation in the Obstetrics Department at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. Plus, she doesn’t have to worry about paying tuition, as she is one of two recipients of a $2,000 McClain Nursing Scholarship.

“This scholarship was the best present ever. It helps me to be able to focus on studies and not worry about how to pay for school. If I didn’t receive the scholarship, I would’ve had to take out loans.”

As the married mother of four children, ages 19, 17, 13 and six, the family relies on her husband’s full-time income, as she attends school full-time, working toward her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which she will earn this May.  Her oldest now attends MCC, which makes the scholarship especially handy, with two college students from their household.

Finding time to study with a house full of kids has been a challenge, but she makes it work as she set up a desk in her bedroom for a somewhat isolated space.

“I try to do most of my studying while the kids are in school and on Sundays, my husband keeps them occupied,” she said.

Becoming a nurse has been a longtime goal for Singh, who worked as a certified nursing assistant for 10 years at Misericordia in Chicago before returning to school to pursue nursing.

“I love helping people. It’s always been my goal in life to help people. I love making them feel better. She looks forward to working as a nurse in a hospital and continuing her education toward a Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Her favorite area at MCC is the nursing department. “The nursing program helped me find myself. The instructors pushed me to points I thought I’d never get through,” she said.

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