Natalie Yanko, originally from Ituna, Sask, is graduating with a Master of Nursing. After she graduates, she plans to work as a nurse practitioner in a rural or remote Saskatchewan community. Yanko says she is passionate to strengthen rural health and promote access to care for all individuals and families. Yanko also plans to return to competitive curling with a team out of the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon.
Overall, how was your U of S experience?
I am grateful for my positive experiences in both undergraduate and graduate studies at the U of S. The U of S offered a challenging yet rewarding opportunity for study in a dynamic and positive learning environment. I would highly recommend the Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing because of the overall excellence of the program, encouraging faculty, and study options dependent on student needs and preferences.
If you had a million dollars to donate to the university, what would you want the money to be used for?
I would donate the money strictly for scholarships and bursaries for deserving students. I am very grateful for the awards I received throughout graduate studies because they enabled me to focus more time to achieve academically. I encourage students to apply for awards offered internally within their college and external to the university.
What advice do have for new students just starting university?
I encourage students beginning studies at the U of S to connect and collaborate with fellow students and faculty within their college and academic courses. Becoming familiar with the campus environment and academic resources is another important tool as a new student. Knowing what resources are available and how to access them is essential for academic and personal growth.