Photography by Jamison Mosley
Why UA Little Rock?
When I graduated high school, I was not sure what career path to take so I did not attend college right away. I spent a few years working and traveling. Upon returning to the Little Rock area, I chose to enroll at UA Little Rock to become a registered nurse. The affordability and flexibility of the nursing program allowed me to work in the medical field while obtaining my degree. I worked in the NICU at UAMS, first as a med tech then as an R.N. upon graduation.
Although I am no longer practicing as an R.N., I am still taking care of people just a bit differently. I am now a certified executive pastry chef and co-owner of The Croissanterie, a local restaurant where we make traditional three-day French croissants. Giving back to the local community is very important to me and my team, like getting to partner with UA Little Rock for fundraisers and events like Taste of Little Rock.
I am so thankful for my experience at UA Little Rock. The faculty and staff were welcoming and supportive and gave me the skills and confidence needed to work and be successful, not just in the hospital but in the hospitality industry.
Affordable and relevant, a great metropolitan university is critical to the infrastructure of a vibrant city. It also requires a strong alumni association that’s engaged in civic and business leadership throughout the Capital City. UA Little Rock boasts both – with a shared vision for the future. As UA Little Rock celebrates the success of its alumni, the university and alumni reflect on the role the institution plays in the continued economic development of Central Arkansas and the wealth of knowledge is offer current students.