Matthew Stevenson

After spending 14 years of my life managing pizza shops, I decided to pursue nursing. I was tired of feeling unfulfilled in my life. I always wanted to work in the medical field, but I did not know where to start.

I have an aunt diagnosed with stage IV cancer and recently completed her master’s degree. She inspired me to make a change in my life and start pursuing nursing. She actually dropped off a pamphlet for Hondros College of Nursing to my sister, but I decided to check it out. I wanted a clear and concise path to my education, and the accelerated program at Hondros matched that plan.

I had other motivations as well. I had weight loss surgery in 2017. I started off at 360 pounds. I did sponsored dieting for months, worked with some great therapists, doctors, and nurses, and dropped the weight. Now, I am healthy, happy, and motivated to better my life.

Nursing school is not for the faint of heart. It is hours of homework, tireless days, and your social life will be lacking. However, it is worth it. Be prepared to work hard. Set goals for yourself.

You have to be determined and forward-thinking. You also have to be able to prioritize and critically think through problems. Be ready to work hard, study harder, and read a lot!