Nursing Success Stories

ZoeLimZoe Lim

Major: Biological Sciences, emph. NPB; Minor in Spanish
Graduation Year: 2015

Which school are you attending?

I will be attending Johns Hopkins Masters Entry into Nursing program. 

What UC Davis extracurriculars did you participate in?

BASC Peer Advisor, research internship in a plant biology lab, Sutter Hospital volunteer, UCDMC volunteer, Nursing Club, Swim Club, UCSF internship shadowing in an outpatient clinic

How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?

35 hours on average. I made sure to spend the majority of my study time on the classes that were most challenging for me. 

Did you use a test prep course?

I took the GRE but I did not use a test prep course. i studied with Kaplan and Barron's test prep books. I recommend both books; especially Kaplan because it comes with a CD that has online practice exams that helped me get used to the real exam which is also taken on a computer. I studied the whole summer for the exam and took it in October. 

What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?

My strength in my application was definitely my personal statement. I used the many resources at UC Davis, such as the Student Academic Success Center and Health Professions Advising, to create a personal statement that was as human as possible and told my story. 

Did you apply nationally?

Yes, I applied to schools in California and on the East Coast. My goal is to come back to California and work as a nurse practitioner. 

What advice do you have for others?

Find something you'll love to do for the rest of your life and express your passion in great detail in your personal statement. Get as many opinions on your personal statement as possible. Trust yourself and don't take no for an answer!