Katrina Garzón is a junior Nursing major from North Potomac, Maryland. Her first encounter with Villanova was through a nurse practitioner—a Villanova alumna—who cared for Katrina when she was ill. Now, she is making her own impact on patients’ lives.
“One of the things that attracted me most to Villanova was the College of Nursing’s faculty. It was clear from the beginning that professors want students to succeed, and they will do anything they can to help,” Katrina says.
Katrina wasted no time getting involved with the College of Nursing both in and out of the classroom. She served on the Board of Directors for the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), which piqued her interest in a career in healthcare administration.
“I saw another side of nursing—the budgets and policies—and it opened my eyes to the difference I could make in so many lives by helping a hospital run more efficiently and effectively,” she says.
Like many of her classmates, Katrina has found opportunities to connect with communities locally and globally. Katrina volunteered for RUIBAL, which leads afterschool activities for children at community centers in Philadelphia. She also spent a summer working on her Spanish language and literature minor in Cádiz, Spain—an opportunity made possible with support from the College of Nursing.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunities that Villanova has provided, and for the ability to pursue what I love.”