Success Story - Ramisa Azam

Success Story

Success Story - Ramisa Azam

Ramisa Azam photoSuccess Story: Ramisa Azam, BSN, Class of 2019

What are you going to do after you graduate? 

It’s a question that some students struggle with as they complete their academic degrees and transition into the workforce. Not UCCS student Ramisa Azam, however. From the moment she met a nurse at a school career fair in the third grade, she knew that she wanted to be a nurse too. 

Fast forward more than a few years and Azam’s dreams are coming true as she will graduate on December 20, 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 

Azam’s favorite part of the nursing program was when she worked on the obstetrics (OB) rotation where she received actual experience in labor and deliver, mom and baby and within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

She is thrilled to be completing this part of her journey and even more thrilled to have the opportunity to have been offered and accepted a job as a NICU nurse at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she starts working in February 2020. 

Making dreams come true, however, doesn’t happen without its share of challenges. 

“I struggled a lot with the medical/surgical clinical portion of the nursing program. In fact, I actually failed that class and was kicked out of the program for a semester,” said Azam. 

Not to be stopped from reaching her goal, she appealed and was allowed back in the program the next semester. 

“I learned a lot from that experience. I realized that I had to have better time management skills and prioritize what really mattered to me,” she said adding that she had cut back on her hours at work outside of school and she had to learn to take better care of herself, too. 

Azam has some advice for fellow students still working hard to achieve their dreams.

“Work hard and don’t give up on what you want. Always keep your end goal in sight.  Also use your on-campus resources to help you get through it all, particularly in your job search,” she said.  

“I visited the Excel Writing Center and had a mock interviewed videotaped and that really helped me prepare for my interview. And, I visited the Career Center and had my resume and cover letters reviewed and learned about negotiating job offers,” said Azam who also credits her roommates and her friends with reviewing her resume for her. 

Article written by Janet Farley, UCCS Career Center