Graduating Senior Discovers Passion for Helping Others in Medicine

With less than a month left before graduation, Avery Reeves is ready for commencement on May 1 from the University of South Carolina Aiken.


As a soon-to-be graduate from the School of Nursing, Reeves was inspired by his family to pursue his love for nursing. “My mom is in the medical field, my dad is in the military, my sister is a teacher, and service jobs have been my whole life.,” he said. “I want to help people. Helping people at their worst is something that needs to be done, and I want to do it.”

Reeves’ time at USCA has been filled with authentic growth and transformation. Earning a degree in nursing, he has collected a trove of insights and experiences that have influenced his educational and career progression. One organization he credits for helping to develop his craft is the Student Nursing Government. “We do things to try and make the School of Nursing better for all students. I’ve been a part of that for about a year and a half.”

Reeves shared his passion for the medical field, particularly the trauma unit. “I enjoy the high intensity of emergency situations, and I want to continue to be that kind of person who works in that field,” he said. His dedication has even earned him a position at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA working within the emergency unit.

“I’m going to miss my classmates,” Reeves said as he reminisced about his time at USCA. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know them and going through the struggles of all our classes together. I’m also going to miss my professors. Their commitment to training us to be nurses was just amazing.”

Reeves is one of five graduating seniors selected as exceptional students across the university ahead of May Commencement. Graduates will walk across the stage on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

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