Student Perspective: Sean Sibley Class of 2018

While you may have recognized him from his seven years of working in the Career Center at the University of Maine, there’s more to Sean Sibley than meets the eye. Sean earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a minor in theatre in 2014 and followed with a Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology in 2015. In May of 2018, Sean will graduate with as a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education.

Sean grew up in closeby Lincoln, Maine and had the opportunity to take courses at UMaine during his high school years. With the help of guidance counselors, Sean discovered he could pursue a degree in nursing, while also indulging his love for the stage while staying close to home. This lead Sean to select UMaine as his first, and only, institution for higher education.

While at UMaine, Sean has enjoyed a wide variety of coursework, but found the one he enjoyed the most to be the Fundamentals of Acting. He not only enjoyed the connection to being onstage, but also learned skills that helped him in his nursing practice. The course’s framework enabled Sean to develop confidence by “taking control of verbal and non-verbal communication.” The comprehensive nursing curriculum in The School of Nursing went beyond the requirements of a BSN program. Through his courses in the Nursing Program, he built leadership skills, critical thinking, and developed a dedication for lifelong learning.

Sean feels as though the University of Maine as a whole has helped him along his educational and personal journey. He says the close relationships he’d created with faculty, as well as the opportunity to engage in learning outside of the classroom have prepared him to find success in the medical field. Sean currently is employed as a full time Registered Nurse (RN) at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he works with critically ill patients. He will spend the next two semesters completing his coursework for his Master’s.

Sean began his time at the Career Center the summer before his first year of undergrad. While looking for an on campus job, he stumbled upon the listing for a Career Assistant and was hired. Sean worked with the Career Center throughout his education, departing in May 2017 after seven years. He was trained to provide career services to students and alumni, but also benefitted from the offered services. Sean had “many personal career development conversations with counselors, had application materials reviewed, and most importantly built relationships with area healthcare recruiters.

Once he graduates, Sean hopes to continue working in the greater Bangor area as a Family Nurse Practitioner and hopes to teach as well. When he’s not at work or in class, Sean enjoys spending time reading on the deck of his house, attending or participating in theatre, spending time with family and friends and adhering to his personal motto, “today is to be lived.” The advice he offers to UMaine students is simple; to “explore your curiosities.” He also quoted Florence Nightingale by saying “How little can be done under the spirit of fear.

Chelsea Stanhope
Career Counselor