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Sandra Espinosa

Sandra Espinosa
Master's Social Gerontology

I was born and raised in the musical capital of Colombia, Ibague. After
high school I pursued my bachelor degree in Fashion Design, and then I studied Architecture Interior Design. It was about this time that my father was diagnosed with and soon passed away from kidney disease. After my father’s death, I re-evaluated what I wanted to pursue academically.

It took me two years to finally decide to come to the United States and learn English through UNO’s ESL program, and now I am in the Gerontology master’s program because I have learned that I like to help others. While I was working in Colombia as a volunteer I discovered through people’s faces how much I enjoyed working with people. I discovered the ability to take care of people, as I did with my father when he was in his last stages of kidney disease before he died. It was after that I decided to help people with this kind of illness to show them that somebody cares about them.

I am a person who likes challenges, I am not afraid of change and I am always willing to help and assist those in need. I am a dreamer, an optimist, an enterprising and sensitive person. It was only after the death of my father that I woke up, to this talent of service to assist people in the health field, then I understood the great value of being able to help those in need. I linked to a foundation for cancer patients that was very rewarding and something that helped me grow as a person and understand God's mercy through the organization. I began this journey with many dreams and eager to start a new life, to seek a new direction and improve all aspects of my life. Moving to the US, tackling the educational objectives I have, and being away from family has been a challenge. It isn’t easy, but when I have a goal I want to reach in life, I will always find a way to make my dreams come true. I am in my last year of the masters, and hope after a finish it to be able to find a job in the field of Gerontology.

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Fall 2014 Geronline Course Offerings

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Master of Arts in Social Gerontology application process

Certificate application

Acceptance Statement Into Certificate Program

Gerontology Scholarship Application

Other Resources

Careers in Aging

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards

Nebraska Licensing Requirements for NH Administrators and other health professions

Nursing Home Administration: Licensing Requirements for a Nursing Home Administrator in Nebraska: A guide for students in gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Lincoln campuses

Sigma Phi Omega - National Academy Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology