Paige Kalinowski is one of seven children, all of whom were homeschooled by her mother. But before Paige’s mom was a full-time parent, she was a nurse, and that’s exactly what Paige wanted to be.
“I have a desire to help people and make a difference in their lives,” Paige said. A scholarship from SCC helped make Paige’s dream a reality.
She was dual-enrolled at SCC for two years before she became a full-time college student. “I enjoyed the classes at SCC while I was in high school, so it worked out that I could continue at SCC after I graduated,” she said.
Because Paige earned her general education requirements while she was dual-enrolled, she jumped right into the nursing program her first year as a full-time student at SCC.
Paige received six scholarships to attend SCC, keeping her goal of a nursing degree a reality.
Paige was involved in several organizations at SCC, including the Student Nurse Organization, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Women’s Chorale and she was a volunteer worker at several events on campus. Outside of college, Paige played the violin for her church and in the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra. She was a writer for the Suburban Journals’ Teen Amp section.
“All of those activities enhanced my experience at SCC,” she said. “I got to meet a lot of different people and it relieved the stress of school.”
In May 2010, Paige graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing Program at SCC and received her Registered Nursing (RN) license. She works full time on the cardiac floor at St. Joseph’s Hospital and attends the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a plan to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing. A master’s degree is on the horizon, she says, but she will never forget her roots at St. Charles Community College.
“The teachers at SCC were so helpful and were always there to answer a question or meet with you outside of office hours,” she said. “SCC was very supportive of helping me achieve my goals.”