Making the most of opportunities
April 19, 2016
Emily Storkman capped her IUPUI undergraduate career by being named this year's top female student during the Top 100 Student Recognition celebration. | JOHN GENTRY / IU COMMUNICATIONS
Emily Storkman has packed a lot of memories into her IUPUI career, but it has produced some amazing results for the Columbus, Ind., native, who will graduate in May from the School of Nursing.
"I have always had a passion for helping others, which drew me to nursing," Storkman said. "I value the opportunities to apply academic knowledge and clinical nursing skills to improve the health, happiness and quality of life of those around me."
Her academic success made her a big part of the IUPUI Honors College and earned her the "top female student" award at this spring's Top 100 Student Recognition celebration.
Once she has picked up her degree on Mother's Day, Storkman plans to remain at IUPUI to pursue a master's degree in nursing. Her goal is to become a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, and she's ready for the challenges involved in patient care. In fact, she will start a new job in the pediatric intensive care unit at Riley Hospital for Children this summer.
Storkman and fiancé Eric Wolf are planning a wedding this summer, and she eventually wants to work in a pediatric specialty clinic or in hospital administration as a manager or chief nursing officer.
"I enjoy working in a team, learning every day and giving back," Storkman said. "There is no better career path to do all of those than nursing."
The field of nursing has taken her far.
"I enjoy volunteering and also traveling abroad to spend time in Third World countries," said Storkman, who considers her study-abroad opportunity in the African nation of Swaziland to be one of her greatest challenges -- and greatest memories. "I volunteered at one of the hospitals, ran health clinics in rural areas, spent time with children at the schools and helped out at orphanages," Storkman said. "The children I came across inspired me to become a better nurse. The trip challenged my worldview, gave me an opportunity to make an impact abroad, and enabled me to grow both personally and professionally."
Hospital rooms have become a familiar setting for the School of Nursing honor student. | LIZ KAYE / IU COMMUNICATIONS