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Christine Joas
Christine Joas
School of Nursing
Class of 2016

    All my life, ever since I was a kid, I've been singing.

When Christine Joas SN'16 was 13 years old, she auditioned for "America's Got Talent." She was nervous, but the producers of the NBC talent competition were impressed enough to invite her for another round of tryouts.

For reasons that are lost to her now, Joas didn't go back. But that may be the last opportunity she doesn't take advantage of. "I like being busy," said Joas.

The Brooklyn native is a member of the College's chapel and gospel choirs, as well as the Acapellistas, who perform more secular music. Joas also sings at various Seventh Day Adventist churches in Brooklyn and Queens, and is, unsurprisingly, a karaoke enthusiast.

"All my life, ever since I was a kid, I've been singing," said Joas, who led the singing of the National Anthem at CNR's 2014 Commencement.

The singing opportunities were a big draw for Joas, who looked at schools in the area and as far away as Alabama. "Friends from high school said CNR has a great nursing school," Joas said. "I got a great scholarship, got accepted, and it's very convenient."

Rehearsals for the chapel choir alone take up her Sunday mornings and Thursday nights. She's not an athlete, but Joas enjoys watching the Blue Angels sports teams, and regularly singing the National Anthem before games.

Joas originally wanted to major in biology, with an eye toward becoming a pediatrician. Now her goal is to become a nurse practitioner or hands-on psychiatric nurse. The latter is inspired by time spent helping her grandmother, who was schizophrenic, with her medications. Joas sees a lot of fear and stigma around that field, and knows firsthand that she can make a difference.

Joas completed a clinical course in geriatrics last semester, and will be moving on to medical surgery and pediatrics. "I'm looking forward to getting my BSN," she said. Joas is a member of the Student Nursing Association, which recently organized an open house for students, as well as a skills party to demonstrate what they've learned so far.

Also filling Joas' schedule are her duties as a peer minister with Campus Ministry, and as student ambassador -- giving tours to incoming students. "Living on campus is excellent -- I like the camaraderie," she said. Plus, "you can catch teachers on a daily basis and ask them questions."