Academic All-Stater chooses TU for Nursing

Growing up with a focus on academics and sports performance, Oklahoma Academic All-Stater Rachael Shewey has begun her college career at The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences majoring in nursing. She attended Chisolm High School in Enid, Oklahoma, where she was active in track and field including 100m and 300m hurdles, 4x200m relay and 4 x100 relay. Last year, Shewey was named Enid Area Female Athlete of the Month in May.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence All-State class includes only 100 of the top-rated public high school performers. During high school, Shewey was heavily influenced by her science teacher to pursue a degree in nursing due to her interest in anatomy and physiology. After visiting campuses across the state, Shewey selected The University of Tulsa due to the smaller size of the university, the comfort level she felt when visiting and the ability to get to know her professors personally.

“When I first came to TU’s campus, I felt very comfortable. I could see evidence of the TU community through the University Ambassadors. In fact, I hope to be a member of UA one day,” said Shewey. University Ambassadors are students who, as official TU hosts, give tours and help prospective students discover how they’d fit at TU.

“My sister attended TU and majored in mechanical engineering. She really enjoyed the environment and the ability to work on research projects and internships. I look forward to the same type of projects in health care,” said Shewey.

In addition to Shewey’s Academic All-State scholarship, she received TU’s Dean’s scholarship and the James and Teresa Day scholarship.

“I love TU. It is both close enough and far enough away from home to be perfect,” said Shewey. “I miss my parents, but I love campus life.” Recently, Shewey became a Reading Partners volunteer through TU’s True Blue Neighbors and joined the Tri Delta sorority.

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