Raven LaBillois – Bachelor of Nursing

University of New Brunswick

My name is Raven LaBillois, I am from Eel River Bar First Nation, New Brunswick. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus. Including my year at Mi’kmaq Maliseet Institute, it took 5 years after high school to complete my degree.

There were many ups and downs throughout my program. The ‘downers’ were the hard classes, abundance of assignments, early and long hours at the hospital and being away from home. The ‘upper’s were meeting new, awesome friends, learning about something that will make a difference, and travelling to new countries for school (Sweden). However, the greatest ‘up’ was walking across that stage on graduation day knowing that I finished something – no matter how hard it got, I persevered and finished my degree.

The advice I would give to future students would be – I would say, “Go for it!!!” If there is something you want to do in life, you should do it. It doesn’t matter if it’s becoming a writer for National Geographic, becoming the next chief in your community, or becoming the first person to live on mars – education will help you get there. I won’t lie, it’s hard and it’s a lot of work, but when they hand you that piece of paper in a room full of cheering people, it’ll be worth it. Who wants to grow old thinking, “What if?”

I have a lot of role models, but my biggest one would be my mother, Lynn. She is a Registered Nurse who started nursing school when I was only 9 months old – to all you mothers out there pursuing education; my hat goes off to you! She loves being a nurse, and I think seeing the joy she got from the interactions with her patients made me see how awesome nursing could be.

I wouldn’t have been able to get through these 5 years of university without the constant support from NSMDC! Thank you so much for helping me realize my goals.