Nicole LeBlanc-Dailey

Health Science, '16

After attending two large colleges, junior Nicole LeBlanc-Dailey was drawn to Castleton for it close-knit community and rural atmosphere.

Immediately feeling the more personalized impact of a smaller college, the Maine native knew that Castleton was where she belonged.

“My experiences have exceeded my expectations. I am more than just a number to my professors and am able to get to know my classmates,” she said.

Double-majoring in Nursing and Health Science with a minor in biology, LeBlanc-Dailey has begun paving her way in the healthcare field, with ambitions of entering into a doctorate program for nursing after graduation.

She says the natural sciences and nursing labs have provided her with the hands-on experience necessary to take her education to the next level, allowing her to learn in a variety of innovative ways.

"Instead of just reading in a text book or listening to a lecture I have been able to apply what I am learning to real life and in the lab," said LeBlanc-Dailey.

Also a mother to three children, she said Castleton has allowed her to find the essential balance between her personal life and schoolwork. She credits that accomplishment to the constant support she gets from professors, naming Biology Professor Peter Kimmel and Microbiology Professor Preston Garcia as faculty members who have gone out of their way to help her succeed.

“They truly care about their students and want them to succeed,” she said.

LeBlanc-Dailey is grateful for her Castleton experience and is certain she'll leave the university a better-prepared student in her field.

"Castleton has provided me with many opportunities to shape my future,” said LeBlanc-Dailey. “I have been able to expand my knowledge and become a role model for my children.”