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Ritzy Dominguez
Mission, TX | Mathematics
Ritzy Dominguez was 14 years old when she first learned to play golf. She was encouraged by her dad who wanted someone to join him on the course. “He told me I should try it. It felt kind of boring... Learn More »
Mackenzie Vitosh
Odell, NE | Elementary and Special Education
Mackenzie Vitosh has always loved working with kids. However, she wasn’t sure how that would come into her life. For the longest time, she wanted to be a lawyer. “My parents said I was good at... Learn More »
Peyton Preston
Omaha, NE | Nursing
Trial and error is a concept that students learn during their time in college.  Nursing student Peyton Preston knows all about this process.  She initially attended another college for two years... Learn More »
Haley Miller
Bellevue, NE | Nursing
Navigating the college experience can be stressful. That’s something first-year student Haley Miller learned in her first semester at College of Saint Mary. However, the nursing major from Bellevue... Learn More »
Rocio Molina Dominguez
Omaha, NE | Mathematics
Rocio Molina Dominguez realized in second grade that she was good at math. As a Papillion-La Vista South High School student, the subject was easy, too. “I don’t really have to try to be good at it.... Learn More »
Samantha Doughty
Arlington, NE | Elementary Education
As a high school student, Samantha Doughty worked in a toy store with her mother when she realized she wanted to be a teacher. “Seeing the kids’ faces light up made me light up,” she said. “I got so... Learn More »
Beth Ellis
Omaha, NE | Applied Psychology & Human Services, Class of 2023
In the summer of 2021, College of Saint Mary and the Stephen Center developed a partnership, establishing more collaboration between the two institutions. The University and the Omaha homeless... Learn More »
Kaya Pleiss
Omaha, NE | Human Biology
Kaya Pleiss knew she wanted to work in healthcare. She attended a big university, but it wasn’t a good fit. She tried nursing school, but that wasn’t right either. Then, she started as a certified... Learn More »
Makayla Bossman
Gretna, NE | Medical Laboratory Science
When she enrolled at College of Saint Mary, Makayla Bossman had considered a degree in nursing, but she decided it wasn’t for her. “I didn’t want to do direct patient care,” the junior said. “I still... Learn More »
Maddie Mollner
Omaha, NE | Middle School Education
Maddie Mollner struggled with her love of language arts and writing until she met her seventh-grade teacher, Mrs. Goodrich. “She empowered me. She was different from other teachers,” Maddie said. “... Learn More »
Christi Glesmann, EdD
Omaha, NE | Nurse Administrator and Professor
Christi Glesmann, EdD, was still a high school student when she first stepped onto College of Saint Mary’s campus. As she was visiting various colleges, a family friend suggested she check out CSM. “... Learn More »
Ethan Goetzinger
Omaha, NE | Master of Science in Kinesiology & Exercise Science
When Ethan Goetzinger sought a graduate program to advance his education, he had to look no further than his sister, Allison, for inspiration. Allison, a 2022 College of Saint Mary graduate,... Learn More »
Maggie Feehan
Columbus, NE | Occupational Therapy Doctorate
When choosing a college, Maggie Feehan was looking for an athletic opportunity and a high academic standard in the healthcare field. She found both at College of Saint Mary. “My journey at College of... Learn More »
Grace Blum
Papillion, NE | Elementary and Special Education, Class of 2022
Grace Blum returned to College of Saint Mary’s campus this fall, not to take classes, but to serve as an assistant cross-country coach. The 2022 graduate learned about the opportunity to rejoin the... Learn More »
Jessica Tienda
Sedalia, Mo | Human Biology
Jessica Tienda knew getting into college would be more difficult for her than other students. “But it didn’t hit until my senior year,” the Sedalia, Mo., resident said. “I had applied for... Learn More »

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