Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Holistic Health
Graduation Date: August 2016
High School/Hometown: Merle Grove High School, Jamaica/Jackson, NJ
Clubs/Activities: Student Worker for the Office of Institutional Advancement
What attracts many students to Georgian Court University is the institution’s willingness to help its students in any way possible.
Such was the case for Maxine Noyan ’16, a senior nursing major who initially decided against applying to GCU because of the cost, but who was later encouraged by a friend to apply based on the university’s various scholarship opportunities.
“GCU is a caring community whose dedication to its students’ success is simply unmatched. It is the place where dreams are fostered into reality by the faculty and staff, whose support and guidance propels you to accomplish your educational goals. I thank everyone who has contributed to my journey and for the reinforced foundation of the Mercy core values. If I had to do it again, GCU would still be my choice.”
As a young student in Jamaica, Maxine remembers just how heartbreaking it was to have been accepted into a university but unable to afford the cost of tuition.
However, she refused to let that set her back, and immediately began working a number of different jobs in order to finance her education.
On top of being a full-time employee, wife, mother, and caretaker, Maxine never lost sight of her dreams to attain a college education, and after moving to the United States, began taking classes at Ocean County College.
While Maxine never envisioned herself becoming a nurse, she found herself continuously interested in the medical field after helping both her husband and her mother recover from major surgeries, and eventually applied to the Georgian Court–Meridian Health School of Nursing.
“In some strange but familiar way, I think God placed me on this pathway and afforded me help in many ways I could not conceive,” says Maxine. “I can remember so vividly how I danced around the room with my husband and children when I was accepted with two scholarships. I was elated to begin the journey through nursing school.”
Her journey wasn’t easy, which is why Maxine remains so grateful to the GCU faculty and staff who supported and stood up for her so that she could reach her goals of walking across the Commencement stage.
“When you find yourself among people who show you that they care, that you matter, that your success in education is optimal, then there’s no other place to be,” Maxine adds.
Following graduation, Maxine hopes to gain full-time employment as a nurse. She officially completes her degree this summer, but will walk across the stage with the Class of 2016 this week. The journey isn’t over, but she’s almost there.
Story contributed by Alexandria J. Graziosi ’15, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English