Alumni Testimonials

Pearl Bingham-Marrow

Master of Science in Nursing
, Class of 2013
Although Norwich’s programs are traditional programs with a structured curriculum and assignments, they are sensitive to adult learners who are working full-time and have families to take care of. The way the curriculum is structured allows you to be successful at work and school.
Pearl Bingham-Marrow, Class of 2013
Master of Science in Nursing

Q: “Pearl - tell us about your life, family, and interests.”
A: “I live in Hampton Roads, Virginia where I moved to from New York. I raised my four children in Virginia and have five grandchildren. My hobbies involve traveling to see my grandchildren, but when I am not studying or traveling, I love word games like Scrabble and Jeopardy.”

Q: “What is your current employer and what does your professional life entail?”
A: “I work at the Virginia Hospital as nursing officer of the day. I used to work in technology at a data sharing company and then I was a stay-at-home mom to my children. After my kids became older, I went to nursing school and have been a nurse for 16 years.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I always wanted to be an advanced practice nurse and I was advised by my mentor to go out and get some experience first, but I knew I wanted to go back to school and get my master's so I could become a nurse educator.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”
A: “My friend and I were searching for programs and she found Norwich online. She told me about the nursing program and that they offered a nursing education track. From that moment on, I knew the program was right for me.”

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”
A: “Although Norwich’s programs are traditional programs with a structured curriculum and assignments, they are sensitive to adult learners who are working full-time and have families to take care of. The way the curriculum is structured allows you to be successful at work and school. The instructors reach out to you at the beginning of the course and that personalizes the learning. The professors are very understanding and accommodating, which makes me want to try harder since I respect them.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “In my job, I have been more able to become a change agent and an advocate, and not just for my patients, but also for my nurses on an organizational level. I meet with leadership every morning and I bring issues to them more readily than I used to because I am more confident now. Since I am able to discuss a variety of topics with leadership, the nurses come to me more, and they know that I will bring their issues to the leadership’s attention. They feel like there is an advocate for them.” 

Q: “Anything else you wish to share about the impact of Norwich on your life?”
A: “I have just accepted a position as a nurse educator at West Virginia University. I am now starting a whole new phase of my life that I am so excited for, and this all came to be because of Norwich University.”