Major: Associate in Science/
Associate in Arts
Nali Asamoah excelled in high school. So when it came time to continue her education, she turned to College of DuPage.
“I come from a family of four children, and I wanted my brothers and sister to also be able to pursue a college education without placing a financial burden on my mom,” she said. “I also wasn’t fully sure of where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. At the time, I was certain that I wanted to go into a health care-related field, but I wasn’t fully set on nursing.”
Her desire to enter health care stems from a need to help others and a passion for the sciences. Since high school, Asamoah has been involved with volunteer organizations such as the Summer Bridge Program and initiatives established at her church in order to help the less fortunate in her community.
These experiences, along with her interest in courses such as Anatomy & Physiology and Biology, helped Asamoah realize that her passion was working in a health and she decided upon nursing.
“The direct impact and close relationship that nurses have with patients, coupled with their ability to be educators and to consistently have a positive impact on the lives of others, are what brought me to the field of nursing,” she said. “And through my career, I hope to excel in this field in order to bring proper health care to people all around the globe.”
Asamoah credits College of DuPage for setting the groundwork for her undergraduate studies. The Honors Program, serving on the Honors Student Advisory Council, being president of the Phi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and participating in the Living Leadership Program all provided opportunities to strengthen her skills.
“Through the Honors Program, I worked with students and faculty who were passionate about what they do. The Honors Biology and Honors Global Ethics courses probably challenged me the most as a learner and allowed me to develop my writing, critical thinking and research skills,” she said. “The Living Leadership Program helped me uncover my strengths as an individual and find what ways I can best benefit those around me, in addition to hearing amazing speakers from around the country.
“As an officer of Phi Beta, I put my strengths into practice while learning how to work in a group environment and balance how to optimize everyone’s skills. Through Phi Beta, I also served as the Northern District Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa and increased college students’ awareness of the scholarship opportunities available to them, helped plan an amazing 3D Printing Exposition, and helped create the FUEL Pantry, which will start soon on COD’s campus.
“Through these experiences, I learned how to work in a team environment toward long-term and short-term goals, how to balance different personalities, and how to delegate tasks as a leader in order to benefit the overall goal of a group. And I have definitely been challenged to better my time management skills.”
Asamoah graduated with both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees while finishing her prerequisites for nursing. She transferred to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for her BSN with a minor in Global Health. After graduating, she will go into trauma/surgical ICU care and is sub-matriculating into the Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia program, which she plans to complete after working for a few years.
In 2017, she finished a study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she volunteered with a non-profit organization to provide health workshops for women in the pueblos.
“Our focus was on women’s health and diabetes, which are large issues in Mexico, and we worked mainly with the indigenous population specifically that struggles to have health services,” she said.
During her career, Asamoah would like to travel nationally and internationally to bring effective health care to places where it is not common. She also wants to advocate for education while volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Amizade and Nurses Without Borders.
Her advice to new students at College of DuPage is to take advantage of all of the opportunities available on campus.
“There is a community here to support you whatever your interests or hobbies may be,” she said. “There are over 80 clubs and organizations on campus and a vibrant Honors Program that provides students with a close-knit community in which to learn. You will feel more of a sense of belonging if you interact and get involved with the College instead of giving into the mundane routine of simply going to classes and going home. No matter your interests, there is a club or group of people who share the same, and in order to get the most out of your time here it is pivotal that you tap into that.”