Madison Tilley

Senior, Nursing

Hometown: Oxford, MI

What are your career plans? After nursing school, I plan to work as a travel nurse. Eventually I would like to return to OU to enroll in the Nurse Practitioner program.

Do you live on campus? If so, where? I will be living in Oak View Hall in Fall 2016. I’ve lived in Hamlin and Hill House previously.

How are you funding your education? My parents and grandparents started a college fund when I was born. I have continued adding to that by working and through scholarships and grants.

Do you work while going to school? If so, tell us about that work. I started working in Undergraduate Admissions during the winter of my freshman year. My sophomore year, I joined housing as an Academic Peer Mentor (APM). This past year, I started working for the Honors College. This fall, I will be returning as a Senior APM (SAPM) and I will continue to work for the Honors College.

What student organizations and/or sports are you involved in? I am involved in the student nurses society on campus (SNAOU) and I am an active member of OU’s Golden Key chapter. I am also a member of the Honors College.

What is the best thing about OU? I love the community at OU. I have met so many great students and faculty members. I absolutely love the staff I work with on campus and all the people in my nursing cohort.

What do you love most about your major? I love how much I am learning and all of the hands-on experience I am receiving at OU.

What is your favorite OU tradition? Meadow Brook Ball is a unique way to experience Matilda Dodge Wilson’s home and the history of OU!

Why did you pick OU? I picked OU because it is not far from my hometown. I was very shy and reserved leaving high school and I felt comfortable going to OU, knowing I could go home at any time. Living on campus really helped me break out of my shell, and now I hardly go home during the semester.

How does technology play a role in your education? Technology plays a big part in the nursing therapeutics lab. We have mannequins that are programmed to mimic characteristics of real-life patients. These “patients” help us hone skills such as; taking a blood pressure, listening to lung sounds, cleaning a trach and more. These mannequins have been a huge help in my learning experience.

How have alumni played a part in your education? Alumni like David and Marion Handleman have impacted my life tremendously. Without their generous support in the form of a scholarship, I would have not been able to get through school as easily as I have. I cannot thank them enough.

Do you have other family members that have gone to OU (legacy family)? No, though I have a younger brother attending currently. Maybe we’ll start a legacy?