Year: Junior
Hometown: Minneapolis
Major: Nursing

Vanessa King has felt a calling to help others since a young age.

The passion has followed her to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she was recently accepted into the College of Nursing.

Whether it’s been teaching English in Japan, leading an alternative spring break trip to Guatemala or volunteering at countless events, King has proven that she is serious about serving others.

Her calling is even what led her to choose nursing over her previous passion for playing basketball. She is now a pharmacy technician at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and said one day she would like to provide healthcare to children abroad.

“Everybody needs somebody in their lives to care for them and to show them love and compassion,” King said. “So I decided that nursing was a field where I could get trained in something that I could take to any country – no matter what the language barrier is.”

During summer 2012, King headed to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. with other students from Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) to reach out to the community and share her story with other people.

“A lot of people have the misconception that they can’t have a relationship with God because they’ve done so many things wrong,” King said. “So I’ll share my story about how I lost my parents and I don’t really have any other family, but I still have something else to hang on to, and it keeps me going every day.”

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