Jie Zou's son plays outside

Jie Zou pays it forward in nursing career

Thanks to her ability to balance parenting, school, and work, Jie Zou ’21 graduated from the UMass Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing's Accelerated Bachelor of Science track in the spring and was quickly hired as a registered nurse for Baystate Health. Zou continuously searched for childcare subsidies and grants while working 11-hour days to complete her coursework and clinicals, but it paid off — “I will never forget the warmth and kindness that I received from the UMass Amherst Student Parent Program,” she says, as the program worked with her to find the support and resources she needed to succeed. “I will pass these feelings on to my clients and the people I meet.”