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The alarm clock goes off at 5:30 a.m. Immediately, Maureen Burke, a second-year Clinical Nurse Leader student, thinks to herself, “What day is it? What time is it?” As she gathers herself and answers her own questions, she gets out of bed and quickly prepares for the day. Fortunately, Maureen planned her breakfast and packed her lunch the night before, so all she has to do is take her puppy Jack for a quick walk and get herself ready. Some days she has classes and other days, she has clinicals. With the added pressure of staying on top of her classes, a typical day can be very exhausting. But Maureen aspires to be a nurse leader when she enters the workforce after graduation, so it will all be worth it. Maureen will graduate in May 2015, and wants to work either in pediatrics or labor and delivery. She chose the School of Nursing because it’s a local school, with an affordable tuition, that offers a great education. When Maureen isn’t in class, participating in clinicals, or cramming for an exam, she enjoys hiking, reading Emily Griffin, and going to dinner with friends.