Bridget Tabora is seldom idle; one can always see her riding her bike around campus. She believes in living life to its fullest and making friends along the way.
This Honors College nursing student and self-proclaimed “library addict” has a smile for everyone.
Tabora said she always knew she wanted a job where she would be able to help people every day. After shadowing different medical professionals, she found the profession that seemed like the right one for her.
Tabora decided to study nursing and the nursing department at Missouri State had opportunities that other programs didn’t. The program is structured so that students take two years of general education courses before beginning their nursing courses, something that Tabora found appealing.
After arriving on campus Tabora soon became involved with Big Brother Big Sister, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Students for a Sustainable Future, and the MSU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.
"I don't like being so narrow-minded with just studying,” said Tabora. “I enjoy experiencing a wide range of things to get more out of the college experience."
Tabora studied abroad in Argentina during her sophomore year. She enjoyed learning about the politics and life of the people in Argentina.
Tabora said she learned to be more self-sufficient and independent during her time abroad.
Navigating through Argentina also helped Tabora improve her Spanish, which she hopes will be beneficial in providing care to Spanish speaking patients in the future.
Tabora is now navigating through nursing courses and clinical rotations.
“You can’t understand the nurse-to-patient relationship until you are actually in it. It has been really cool to get to know the patients and actually do your job,” said Tabora.
The community-based nursing program has helped Tabora treat patients during her clinical rotations.
“Understanding more about the patients’ community and their environment helps you understand them as a patient,” she said. “You can’t take a patient by themselves—you have to realize the family is a unit.”
In the future, Tabora is considering working as a travel nurse in a Spanish-speaking country.
“Nursing is about caring for the patient. You are not there to cure the patient or diagnose the patient; you are there to care for the patient. It is the simplest job that translates into what I want to do with my life,” said Tabora.