Adama Diallo, a 2020 graduate of Mercer University‘s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on working in a specialized cardiac unit at Piedmont Hospital. My five-year plan includes going back for an advanced degree to obtain my Master of Science in Nursing and possibly even a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

The first time I set foot on Mercer Atlanta’s campus, I immediately fell in love with its beauty. I felt so welcomed by all the faculty and staff. At that moment, I knew I made the best choice, and Mercer ALWAYS delivered. I am so proud to be a Mercer Bear.

How do you plan on changing the world?

I dream of a world where no human being is turned down for health services due to an inability to pay. I believe access to health is a human right. My goal is to one day work on a project that will help eliminate health disparities and grant access to everyone.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Dear incoming students, please make time for self care and take it one day at a time. One of my high school professors instilled a saying in me that I will never forget: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Don’t wait until the last minute to complete assignments. Figure out what works for you, and stick to it. Lastly, remember that this too shall pass!

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Mercer has numerous assistance programs that greatly contributed to my success, such as the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Center for Nursing Excellence, which provided me with studying tips and tutoring; the financial aid office, which assisted me with everything related to my finances throughout school; and the Counseling and Psychological Services program, which provided free counseling and assistance with coping skills regarding all the life challenges thrown my way throughout school.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer will always have a special place in my heart, especially Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and I am eternally grateful for all the opportunities provided to me.

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