My name is Emily James and I am beginning my final year at OHSU in the School of Nursing. My first degree was attained—barely—in 1993 at the University of Arizona in Creative Writing. This degree was chosen mostly because I could not get into any Communications classes (despite not knowing what Communications majors actually did). The Creative Writing program also did not require two semesters of medieval English literature like English majors, or any practical core classes like math and science. I used to be mildly annoyed by those non-traditional students who sat in the front row, nodded at everything the teacher said and CLEARLY had done all the reading before class which I had not managed to do because I was busy with things other than attending classes. After graduation, I was quite possibly the worst marketer in the history of cable television, a receptionist, a temp, an accidental and mediocre equity trader, a recruiter, and eventually a stay at home mom to 3 boys, who are now 11, 9, and 8. I spent years telling people, “If I could do it over again, I would go to nursing school.” I eventually realized I was not, in fact, too old to go to nursing school despite reaching the advanced age of 37. I’m now entering my senior year in the OCNE BSN program, which is affectionately known amongst my cohort as the “Slow Bacc” program, taking three years to complete rather than 15 months. In addition to my parenting and school responsibilities, I will serve as SNAP Vice-President and as a peer tutor for this upcoming school year. In my spare time, I read a lot and spend time with my family and friends. I would say that I enjoy cooking and running, but that would be a lie as I really just enjoy eating and wearing running shoes. Finally, now that I am officially that annoying, non-traditional student, I will be sharing my senior year experiences with the OHSU community through the StudentSpeak blog.