What is it Like to Attend Nevada State College?

Cynthia is a current student at Nevada State College. She is majoring in nursing, and specializes in anatomy tutoring, elementary math tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, she shares her experience at Nevada State College:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options.

Cynthia: While Nevada State College is a little over 10 years old, it’s growing and expanding like crazy. The campus is set in the rural area of Henderson, NV. The location can be a bit out of the way for some, but there is a bus line that one can catch to get to school. I feel really safe on campus; we have the police officers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas constantly on campus. The campus is small enough to get to know everyone, but large enough that you don't feel smothered.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Cynthia: The faculty members are all awesome. You can always come and talk to the professors and make an appointment to meet with an adviser; they even have open hours for walk-ins. I love that the classes are now beginning to have course assistants along with SI (supplemental instruction). This helps with any questions you may have with the classes. The SI sessions really help, especially with tough classes, such as pharmacology.

How would you describe the dorm life—rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Cynthia: While the campus is still small and there are no dorms as of yet, there is still a big opportunity to socialize and meet other students. With the recent addition of two new buildings, we now have a small food court area that has great food, as well as a Starbucks. The school is always having some sort of activity going on, and there are clubs that one may join if interested.

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported?

Cynthia: Nevada State College is known for its BSN nursing program, as well as other majors, such as education, science, and psychology. I chose to go to NSC for the nursing program, and just finished my first semester as a nursing student. I feel that this college is great at supporting the nursing program. The school provides you with the tools and resources needed to accomplish your educational needs.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Cynthia: It was very easy for me to make friends, as the classes are not very large and everyone is really nice. There is no Greek life currently at NSC; however, I have seen students petitioning to bring Greek life to NSC. I like that NSC is very open to all people and organizations they feel will help the diversity of the school.

How helpful is the Career Center and other student support services?

Cynthia: I have seen many graduates out in the workforce, especially when doing my clinicals for class. Employers and past graduates have nothing but praise when they hear of people coming out of our college. There are many services available to students on campus. The great thing is, if it’s not available on campus, NSC students have the opportunity to use the resources at UNLV.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Cynthia: The library is great. There is plenty of room to study, as well as rooms that can be checked out for times when you need to study with a group. The library does not have books; however, you have many resources online—over 1 million books. If you really need to see the book in print or if it’s not available online, the librarians will find a way to get it for you to borrow.

Describe the surrounding town.

Cynthia: The surrounding town of Henderson is nice. There is everything you could need from a small town, and it’s right next door to Las Vegas. There is always something to do—from museums, to water parks, to riding a roller coaster, or seeing a show.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Cynthia: The student body is growing each semester, and I am very pleased with the class sizes. The classes are not too large; they are just the right size so you can know everyone, and the professors can manage the class well.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Cynthia: One of my most memorable times was after a week of studying for finals. I was walking out of math class, and to my surprise, the school had provided pizza, chicken wings, salads, and drinks, as a way of letting us know that we are supported and that we work hard. Another memorable occurrence was in one of my nursing classes. The professor always played relaxing music for the first 10 minutes of class, just to get everyone relaxed and calm before we learn. I have always loved this and looked forward to class time.



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