At the age of three, Abigail Wilson’s younger cousin Greg was diagnosed with leukemia. Bravely battling through treatments, he lost the fight six years later. Abigail would often visit Greg while sick in the hospital or while receiving treatments at the clinic. Witnessing the nurses’ compassionate care and seeing the impact they had, not only on his experiences in the hospital, but also his young life, was inspiring. It was in these moments that Abigail felt she had found her calling.
Though it was watching the nurses’ attentive care to her young, vulnerable cousin that inspired her to choose a career in nursing, the desire to care for others was not something foreign to this New England native— her life had always been driven by passion for service. This, further strengthened by her devout faith, had a huge impact in her choice of higher education.
“Everyone talks about the ‘community’, but it really is remarkable how Villanovans come together in support,” she says. Abigail –a senior-remembers feeling that sense of community the minute she walked on campus. That, along with Villanova’s commitment to excellence with an education rooted in compassion and service, convinced Abigail that she had found her new home for the next four years.