BC Senior Receives Genzyme Award
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 19:09
The Allston-based Genzyme Corporation gives out $25,000 in scholarships every year to students studying life sciences and living in the Allston-Brighton area. Samantha Prince, A&S ’14, received this scholarship in late August.
Genzyme is a biotech company that is dedicated to developing therapies and treatments for people with “rare and special unmet medical needs,” according to their website. The biotech company was started in Boston, and continues to be based there due to the medical resources and biotech community. Genzyme is committed to supporting the dreams of the local community, those of students interested in the health sciences.
Prince is one of those students—she is a nursing major at Boston College. The first moment that she remembered wanting to go into the health field occurred because of a BC student-teacher in her junior-year honors biology class in high school.
One of the assignments that the student-teacher gave was to diagnose a patient with a rare genetic disease. Prince recalls becoming attached to her fictional patient and coming home one day after school, knowing that this was something she wanted to pursue.
“As you get older, the science classes get more and more interesting,” Prince said. They become more specialized. Starting off as a freshman there are a lot of general courses, like anatomy and physiology, but then there is a maternity-based class later on.
Prince was able to complete one of her clinicals on a Labor and Delivery/Post-Partum Ward, which was “really awesome,” she said. Prince has done clinical work at Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and McLean Psychiatric Hospital.
“You never forget who was in your first clinical,” Prince said. “You are all nervous and scared, and bond right away.” Clinicals have been one of Prince’s favorite parts of BC’s Connell School of Nursing. They allow for priceless hands-on learning and opportunities to experience different aspects of nursing.
Another notable aspect of the nursing students’ programs is that they are not competitive, according to Prince. It is a very supportive community, and your fellow classmates want you to succeed, Prince said.
Prince is currently co-instructing a Connell School freshman requirement called Freshman Nursing Seminar. Maybe it is because she had her own BC mentor-type inspiration in her student teacher, but either way, Prince loves to position herself in mentor roles. In addition to the freshman nursing seminar, she is also a nursing “big sister,” and a member of the Big and Little Sister program here on campus.
As Prince returns from a semester abroad in Brisbane, Australia, graduation is suddenly in the not-too-distant future. She is figuring out her plans for next year, which might be staying on campus to pursue her NP (Nurse Practitioner), or braving the work force. The Genzyme Corporation Biotechnology Scholarship has allowed a Brighton girl nicknamed Sam to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse. A goal that will—in less than seven short months—become a reality.
Sophomore year, Prince learned a very important lesson: trust is part of learning. Of course, that came out of needing to practice injecting with needles, and the only willing participants are classmates who expect the gesture to be reciprocated. But still, the sentiment stands. Trust is part of learning. Trust in the students in the community with a scholarship. Trust in the biotech research to find a cure. Trust in students like Samantha Prince to become great nurses.