img_Hedy_featureHedy Yan


Class of 2013

Han (Hedy) Yan traveled all the way from Shanghai, China to pursue nursing at MSOE. “I always wanted to be a nurse, even as a child. We call it ‘white angel’ in China, which means you help people to gain wellness and relieve pain. It’s kind of my dream, and I think it’s a really good profession to pursue. I chose MSOE because it has an excellent nursing program and offers direct admission with no waiting lists. I was able to start my clinicals in my second year, and I feel I am in control of my career because I get hands-on practice so early.”

Hedy appreciates all the help that’s available to students, whether from her classmates or the Learning Resource Center. “My classmates and I work together and support each other outside of class. If I struggle with some of my classes, I don’t hesitate to ask my professor for help or to visit the Learning Resource Center, which offers tutoring and other learning support for free.”

Despite her busy class schedule, Hedy has been active in volunteering her time. “I am currently an involvement coordinator in the Residence Halls, helping implement programs and advise the Residence Halls Association (RHA) in developing hall-wide events and services. In the past, I volunteered as a student nurse with the Volunteer Respite Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I’ve also provided screenings for Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and flu clinics for the elderly.”

Hedy also likes to take advantage of the many activities offered on and off campus. “The Kern Center provides excellent work-out facilities. You can go ice skating at the Kern Center in the winter or go on a walk with friends to Lake Michigan in the summer. I also love downtown Milwaukee, there is so much to explore.”

Through the International Student Association on campus, Hedy has been able to meet and network with other students from around the world. “We have an International Student Association at MSOE where we promote cultural diversity. We help international students organize activities for the whole campus, like writing your name in a foreign language or tasting different types of tea from around the world.”


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