Meet Peter-Gay.

Peter-Gay McKenzie
Peter-Gay McKenzie
Bachelor of Science Program, Morgantown Campus

What made you consider nursing as a program of study?

Growing up in Jamaica, I have had many family members that have to be in and out of the hospital. I can remember when my aunt was diagnosed with cancer, this one particular nurse really inspired me. The compassionate care that she provided made a difference in how our family was dealing with all the emotions. She was not a task-oriented nurse, she ensured my aunt’s basic needs were met and that the family was doing okay. I think that is what inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.

Why did you choose WVU School of Nursing? 

I am a part of the WVU Track and Field team so when I was offered a scholarship, one of the first things I searched for was the nursing program. The WVU School of Nursing program is very diverse, and I knew a couple of Jamaicans who had successfully passed through this program.

What’s one piece of advice you would give your freshman self?

Don’t doubt yourself everything will work out the way it is supposed to. Just continue to work hard and learn from all your experiences as they will likely help you in the long run.

What are your plans after graduation?

I recently accepted a job on the Neurology stepdown unit Ruby so my plans after graduation will be to work there.

How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?

I think WVU prepared me well for the outside world after college. I not only learned academic skills but lifelong skills that will be useful outside of nursing such as how to be flexible, adaptable, and resilient.