Siobhan McKenna

  • Class Year 2016

  • Degree B.S. Biology, B.A. Writing

After earning her bachelor's from Loyola, Siobhan enrolled at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, where she was admitted for direct entry for her Master of Nursing. "Nursing is a career with many pathways, and by taking the Pre-Health route at Loyola, I have been able to incorporate skills from my sociology and philosophy courses, as well as microbiology and other typical health-related courses, into my nursing school experience," says Siobhan, who is conducting research on the effects of health literacy programs for people living with diabetes in Baltimore through her program at Hopkins. She says her work with this research has allowed her to merge her love of writing and nursing in an effort to improve the lives of others. "This opportunity has also enhanced my undergraduate experience at Loyola, because I took several writing courses that incorporated health literacy," adds the Exton, Pa. native. Siobhan credits Loyola with preparing her for her vocation. As a student, she volunteered in a medical intensive care unit at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) as a nursing assistant in order to gain experience in the medical field; she was involved in health-related service and completed a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course as a leader with Outdoor Adventure Experience; and she volunteered through Healthcare for the Homeless, which inspired her to focus her work with vulnerable populations.

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At Loyola, I was able—and encouraged—to explore different academic areas before committing to a single career path. I loved being able to integrate topics from different disciples into my daily life. With a Loyola education, I created a major that reflected my passions, combining biology with writing and a minor in sociology.

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