ARU Blogs — Elena

Adult Nursing student Elena Gullotto

Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course: Nursing - Adult BSc (Hons)

My name is Elena, I am a mum of two wonderful girls, 8 and 2 years old and I am studying Adult Nursing at ARU, Cambridge.

Back in the days, when I still lived in Italy, I decided to take part in a one year project where I volunteered with the Paramedics to help the elderly of my hometown Bronte in Sicily. Having loved the experience, I knew that my place was somewhere in the healthcare sector, but it was very competitive to get a place so I gave up before even trying. Instead I decided to study History and Philosophy, my favourite subjects in high school, but in year two I got offered a job as Dental Nurse and I eventually left Uni to work full-time.

I loved my job as a Dental Nurse and it felt good caring for patients, but as time passed, I realised I needed to develop my skills to look after patients in a better way. That’s when I decided to pursue my dream to be a nurse: best choice of my life!

Being a Nurse is much more than anyone can imagine! I feel I have become a better person, I know what caring truly means and the joy a “Thank you” can give. Everybody told me that it was going to be hard, and yes it is very hard, but not many people told me how fulfilling it would be. So here I am, two years gone and still here, enjoying it even more!

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter (I read the whole series three times!) and Game of Thrones (I am still stuck on the second book, though) and I also love a Sicilian writer called Andrea Camilleri, because he reminds me of the beauty and the difficulties of my country. I love TV and films too! (Tarantino is my favourite director) If you meet me on campus, most likely I’ll have my headphones on with some good indie rock to keep me company.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my stories!

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