Student-athlete prepares to graduate from SSU
PORTSMOUTH — Graduating in May 2021 with her associate’s degree in radiological technology, Nashail Shelby, a student-athlete from Mansfield, Ohio, is preparing to graduate again from Shawnee State University, this time with a bachelor of science degree from health. A member of the volleyball team, Shelby first found her way to SSU after being drafted into the team.
“Volleyball is what got me to Shawnee,” she said. “The volleyball coach ended up recruiting me and asked me to come and visit him. I wasn’t sure at first, but after walking onto campus, I felt like home.”
Choosing to study radiology and health sciences was important to Shelby. She wanted to work in an industry that made a difference.
“I chose my major because it’s a small step to help people along their health journey,” she said. “You can still work with patients and still make a difference.”
In her graduation, Shelby enjoyed her patient care course the most for how she was able to combine knowledge she already knew with new techniques.
“It was cool to see that there were things I knew before the course as I also learned new things about patient care,” she said.
Shelby plans to return to SSU for one more year after graduating this spring, as she still has one year of volleyball eligibility left.
“I’ll be back for one last year of volleyball at SSU,” she said. “I am planning to study business administration this year as I would like to know more about it. After that, I want to become a traveling X-ray technician.
Looking back on her time at SSU, Shelby is grateful for the connections she was able to make in her studies and on the volleyball court.
“My favorite memories at SSU are with all the friends I made,” she said. “I’ve met so many people along the way.”
For someone considering pursuing a major in health sciences, Shelby offers advice she learned during her studies.
“I would definitely say it’s hard work, but it’s worth it in the end,” she said. “The degree will pay off in more ways than one after graduation.”
The SSU Department of Allied Health Sciences serves the region by educating and preparing competent and responsible health care professionals so that they can provide the best health care possible. The department’s programs include associate degrees in dental hygiene, emergency medical technology, exercise science, medical laboratory technology, radiation technology, and respiratory therapy, while also offering an online bachelor’s degree in health science.
The Department of Allied Health Sciences at SSU serves our region by educating and preparing responsible health care professionals so that they can provide the best health care possible.
To learn more about Shawnee State University‘s Allied Health Sciences program, visit www.shawnee.edu.
Nashail Shelby, a student-athlete from Mansfield, Ohio, graduating in May 2021 from her associate’s degree in radiological technology, is preparing to graduate again from Shawnee State University, this time with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. .