Nikki Neequaye '19


Name: Nikki Neequaye 

Graduation Year: 2019

Major: Nursing with a minor in Spanish

Story: I decided to major in nursing at Gustavus because of my personal experience with the profession and my desire to have a good work-life balance. As I went through the program, I found that I always had questions. I wanted to know about the pathophysiology behind disease processes and how/why certain interventions were selected to manage diseases. This curiosity only grew during my summer nursing internship the summer before my final year of college and led to me finally deciding to pursue a career as a physician. Working closely with different members of the healthcare team for an entire summer caused me to realize that the physician role aligned with my desire to expand my knowledge of the human body and the illnesses that affect it, as well as contribute to global health efforts with fewer limitations.

With my decision made, I completed the nursing program and prepared to apply for medical school. My preparation included completing a DIY Post-Baccalaureate Program to get my remaining medical school prerequisites, shadowing physicians, volunteering, and working full-time as a Perioperative Nurse to gain clinical experience. These experiences, in addition to my experiences at Gustavus, allowed me to put together a strong and unique application that I am proud of.

Top Five Activities/Experiences: (in no particular order)

  • Volunteer companion caregiver 
  • Teaching English through the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (Language Buddies) 
  • The Pan-Afrikan Student Organization (PASO)
  • Summer Nursing Internship at Abbott Northwestern Hospital 
  • Role as a Perioperative Nurse in the General/Colorectal/Transplant Surgery Department at Mayo Clinic 


1. It is important that you believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you. This is especially important during the hard days when you are struggling with a concept that will be tested on the MCAT or you think you are in way over your head. As long as you are committed to this journey, everything should fall into place. During the hard times, remember that you are right where you are supposed to be. I know it may be easier said than done, but remaining hopeful is essential to continuing this journey. 

2. Take the time to really think about your motivation for studying medicine. Having a clear, honest story will help you with interviews and allow your interviewers to know who you are. I highly recommend that you take the time to read your personal statement and secondary essays before each interview. 

3. Self-care is important. You can still be fully committed to this journey and maintain a sense of normalcy. It is okay to take a quick trip, go out to dinner with friends, or even take a nap! 

Future Plans: Iwill be attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, starting Fall 2022. 

Updated HB 6/1/2022