Quinnipiac University

Accelerated nursing student uses skills she developed in the U.S. Navy to excel at Quinnipiac

November 10, 2021

Erica Adams

Erica Adams ‘22 said her decision to attend Quinnipiac for an accelerated nursing degree was a “no brainer.”

Adams, who served as an information systems technician in the U.S. Navy, said part of her motivation to serve in the military were the education opportunities that would await her after completing her work.

“Knowing that many of my family members served, I wanted to also serve my country,” said Adams. “I was unsure of what I wanted to attend college for, and I thought, ‘What better way to figure that out than to serve, gain life experience and learn about different opportunities.’”

Adams explained that nursing intrigued her because of the ever-changing dynamic and continuous upward growth. She said she has been able to use the skills she developed in the U.S. Navy to realize her academic goals at the university.

“While college has been a journey of its own for me, learning discipline and learning to take responsibility for myself and my actions has been a great help,” she said. “Additionally, learning to respect those around me, learning to choose my battles and learning to lead a team — those are just some of the valuable things I have gained from my time in the service.”

Related Articles

Afghanistan on a map

Those who served reflect on first Veterans Day since Afghanistan withdrawal

There is a different tone this Veterans Day for many following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Read More
Morgan Mohalla

Veteran attends medical school with unique perspective, path

Serving as a combat and senior medic in the U.S. Army, Morgan Mohalla, MD ’25, knows what it’s like to make sacrifices. Seven years later, he is working toward a medical career, but in a very different environment.

Read More
Kathleen Lekko

Empowering our vets with individualized support

U.S. Marine Corp veteran Kathleen Lekko ’22 had lots of options when she considered her higher education path, but one university captured her attention.

Read More
Headshot of Nebiyou Masresha

Student brings Veterans Day celebration to those who served

Nebiyou Masresha, a graduate student in Quinnipiac’s social work program, wanted to salute America’s veterans — and show them that their work and sacrifice is as valued today as it was the day they stood up for their country.

Read More
Students gathered around the flag for a moment of silence

Student Veterans Organization provides unique opportunities for those who’ve served

Quinnipiac is a recognized leader in educating the nation’s veterans, regularly ranked among the top military-friendly institutions in the country.

Read More

Stay in the Loop

Sign Up Now