Audree Adams Dupont
Safford, AZ – Audree Adams Dupont is living her long-term career goal and dream of working as a registered nurse, and she’s only 22!
Audree says, “I’ve actually been working as an emergency room nurse at a rural hospital in the Safford area since January of this year, just after I graduated with my associate’s degree. But, my bachelor’s degree enables me to work at bigger hospitals that are more competitive. I’m also studying to earn my ‘Certified Emergency Nurse” credential, which makes me more marketable to employers in the future. That will be helpful because I plan on moving to Tucson or Phoenix at some point. So, for now I’m building my resume and doing everything I can to ensure that I have an easier transition in the future.”
Audree was born in Tucson and lived in Las Vegas, Minnesota, College Station, Texas and other places, before her family settled in Safford, Arizona, where she graduated from high school. She went on to earn her associate’s degree from Eastern Arizona College, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University.
Some college graduates come to realize that they are not passionate about their career choice, but Audree is elated with her job:
“Oh I love it so much! I think what’s great about nursing is that I’m a forever student. School and education didn’t just end with my associate’s and my bachelor’s degrees – I learn more every single shift I work, and it’s just a great opportunity to grow. And really, the best part of my job is having casual conversations with patients. For example, if I’m in the middle of doing an IV or something else, I enjoy talking to them and making them laugh, and just trying to make their day a little better. Because, usually if you’re in the hospital you’re not having the greatest day, and I think that social connections with my patients is the best part of nursing.”
Audree adds that there is never a dull moment at work, “The thing about working in the emergency department is that we can be sitting with no patients, and all of a sudden the ER will fill up within a half hour. So, it’s definitely not a tedious job, and we never know what’s going to happen. But it’s also hard work – at times I go home exhausted, but it’s definitely worth it.”
Audree is among the hundreds of high potential students from low income circumstances who have earned scholarships from College Success Arizona, which provide up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. The students also receive specialized mentoring services from a team of talented “Success Advisers.” Audree says her adviser, Matt Sotelo, was very helpful during her college journey, “Matt was really great because he would just kind of check up on me, and he would either come down to Thatcher and have a meeting with me, or he would call and he would ask, ‘How are you doing?’ And, Matt always made sure that I was doing okay with my personal life and family life as well – really making sure that I was well holistically, as an entire person.”
Audree is also grateful for the financial support, “The scholarship was great because if I wouldn’t have had it, I think I would have been more tempted to take a semester off and try to save money. But, I know that that rarely works, and people usually end up spending the money they were saving, or I would have had taken out student loans. I’m so grateful for the scholarship because I’m 22 years old with an associate’s and bachelor’s (degree), and zero student debt. It’s really all because of College Success Arizona.”
Audree offers the following advice for middle and high school students considering their own college options and opportunities, “My advice is to do as many classes as you can and get it done with as soon as possible, because life, and work, and everything is just so competitive in the world, and you need to make yourself stick out. And, the best thing that you can do so that you have a good life, and a stable financial situation, is to go to school and just get it done. Also, I would suggest that any student who wants a career in nursing or healthcare – that while they’re in school, they’re working in that field to see if they actually like it. I think I did well in school because of the experience I had outside of school.
Beyond the books Audree enjoys running, coaching middle school hurdles for track and field, and also playing the Ukulele.
Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page.