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Shaelynne Heitsch

Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Shaelynne Heitsch, Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

What drew you to nursing?

I have numerous family members who are in the medical field, most of them nurses. My aunt has inspired me to explore the medical field, and now we both work at the same hospital! Being a nurse fulfills my dreams of being able to help people and make an impact on their lives.

What drew you to UW?

I wanted to come to the University of Wyoming to meet new people, explore new places, and to have different experiences than my friends who were going to the in-state schools across South Dakota. I have three cousins who are UW alumni, and I love having the family support and connection through our college! The University of Wyoming also allows me to be closer to family in Cheyenne and the Denver area.

What drew you to Aspire?

Having grown up in 4-H and various community organizations, a leadership program for nursing students was very attractive to me. I wanted to be part of something that could help me improve my leadership skills for my future. Aspire was the prestigious opportunity that would allow me to do just that!

Scholastic Honors and Awards

  • 4.032 GPA throughout High School

  • Student of the Week

  • National Honor Society Inductee

  • Named "Cobbler-to-Cobbler" student/peer mentor

  • Dean's List for the 2015-2016 UW School Year

Employment, Volunteer & Leadership Activities, Memberships

  • Employment

    • I currently work as a Patient Care Technician in the PCU at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota

  • Volunteer

    • Throughout high school, I was the South Dakota High School Rodeo Queen, which allowed me to be a part of various community events and to volunteer at many rodeos across the state of South Dakota.

    • I am a volunteer member of the Range Days Rodeo Committee

  • Leadership/Membership

    • I serve as a leader of the Tumbleweeds 4-H Club and help the leaders association in Custer County, South Dakota

Aspirations for College and Beyond

My career goals include gaining a Doctorate degree as a Nurse Anesthetist once I have finished Nursing School and have had the opportunity to gain some experience as an ICU nurse. Ultimately, I would like to travel and serve the rural parts of South Dakota as a Nurse Anesthetist.


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