MURRAY, Ky. — There’s an old saying that states, “If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it wasn’t meant to be.” For soon-to-be nursing graduate Jalpaben “Jenn” Patel, returning to Murray State University was destiny.
Currently from Paducah, Kentucky, Patel will graduate magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has achieved many accomplishments, including being inducted into the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International, and presenting her research with a classmate at Posters-at-the-Capitol.
“When I graduate from Murray State, I will miss Mason Hall. It’s like a home to me. My classmates and the nursing faculty have always treated each other like a family,” said Patel.
Throughout her undergraduate journey, Patel took a few detours before finding her home within the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Born in India, Patel and her family moved to the United States in 1998 and have since lived in Kentucky. She graduated high school in 2007 and began taking classes at Murray State as a pre-pharmacy and chemistry major. When she married her husband in 2009 and had her first child, Patel left Murray State to live in New Jersey with her new family for a few years. In 2012, the Patel family returned to Kentucky to begin a small business.
“After we moved back to Kentucky, it didn’t take very long for my husband to encourage me to return to college and find a degree that interested me. So, in the fall of 2013, I started researching my options to restart my educational endeavors,” said Patel. “I began taking classes in the spring of 2014. It was a bit of a tough transition at first, since my classmates were four to five years younger than me. But shortly, I adjusted and made so many friends that have helped me to achieve my goals.”
Patel considers graduating from Murray State with a degree in nursing as one of her greatest accomplishments. Commencement will be a very special day for Patel and her family, as both Patel and her little brother, Vishal, will be graduating together this May. After graduation, Patel will continue her educational pursuits at Murray State, as she was recently accepted into the Doctorate of Nursing Practice for fall 2017.
Complete information on the May 2017 Commencement ceremony, as well as #RacerGraduation stories, can be found at murraystate.edu/commencement.