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Rauldon Boyce
School of Nursing
Second-Degree Student
Hometown: Jamaica, NY
Class of 2011

Anywhere else, you don’t have as much of an opportunity to interact with the high levels of the staff. I appreciate it more because of my previous experience. The people who have always been here for their undergraduate degree might think this is how it is everywhere. But it’s not!


Every Thursday, Rauldon and friends from CNR gather to play basketball. On one unseasonably warm evening in December, they decided to play touch football, even though the grass was wet. Rauldon slipped, and found himself with a head injury that needed attention. When he came inside, it was the Dean of the School of Nursing, Mary Alice Donius, who took him into her office and bandaged him up.

Rauldon was hesitant to go to the emergency room due to a temporary lapse in his student health insurance, so Dean Donius assigned the Angela Hall attendant, Shanah Atkinson SN’11, to check in on him periodically. Dean Donius continued to call to check on him, which finally convinced him to visit the hospital.

“CNR came to the rescue again,” Rauldon said, because a CNR nurse attended him and, after he confessed his insurance problem, let him go without having to pay.

“Anywhere else, you don’t have as much of an opportunity to interact with the high levels of the staff. I appreciate it more because of my previous experience. The people who have always been here for their undergraduate degree might think this is how it is everywhere. But it’s not!”

As a second-degree nursing student, Rauldon Boyce already has a B.A. in economics from New York University. By the time he graduated in 2006, Rauldon knew he wasn’t interesting in a career path involving economics. He had been thinking about becoming a nurse for some time, but by the time he realized it during his sophomore year, it was too late to switch majors.

He soon met a graduate of CNR, who convinced him to apply to the School of Nursing, and he ultimately decided to attend. According to Rauldon, he’s a completely different student at CNR than he was at NYU. He always excelled in academics, but wasn’t involved in student life in during his first undergraduate experience.

“CNR’s really given me a chance to be as active as I want to.  I see my Resident Assistant and the Dean all the time, and we know each other really well. Here I’ve been a Resident Assistant, the President of the Nursing Club, and I was nominated to speak at Commencement.”