Jessica Stehley: A Mountie in the Making


Hannah Klesius

Jess Stehley is headed to the Mount to become a nurse.

BluePrint: What college were you accepted into?

Stehley: I was accepted into Mount Aloysius College.

BluePrint: How many colleges did you apply to?

Stehley: I considered other colleges, but The Mount was my first choice and acceptance.

BluePrint: What made you apply to this specific college?

Stehley: I knew about their good nursing program, and I liked the location (close to home, but not too close).

BluePrint: What are you planning on majoring in?

Stehley: I’ve always wanted to be in the medical field in some way. My health occupations class at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center made me realize that I wanted to be a registered nurse.

BluePrint: What do you think will be some of the major differences between college and high school?

Stehley: I won’t have good grades come as easily; I’ll have to study harder, for sure. Hopefully I’ll get more involved in clubs, too.

BluePrint: What are your feelings on moving on from Bellwood-Antis High School?

Stehley: It’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m excited to move to the next chapter of my life, but I’ll miss the friends I’ve known for years and teachers that I have also developed friendships with. I will miss them.


Mount Aloysius’s nursing program is critically ranked as one of the top in Pennsylvania. With a multi-million nursing simulation program, it’s no surprise their nurses are passing state boards at around 92% (this figure is about 12% higher than state and national averages). Their mission: “to create a social community for nurses around the world where they can inform, share and educated each other.” You can learn more about Mount Aloysius by checking out its official site.