York College Nursing student makes impact on cross-country team and oncology ward
Andrew MacGibbon sleeps. Really. He does. It just doesn’t seem like it.
Andy hasn’t stopped moving since he first set foot on the York College of Pennsylvania campus four years ago. He’s been part of a cross-country team that racked up hundreds of miles while transforming the Spartans program. He’s also run for the indoor and outdoor track teams.
Along the way, he’s also worked his way toward a Nursing degree that will land him working in an oncology ward of a hospital within the next year.
A challenge on the course
The Goffstown, New Hampshire, native arrived on campus hoping to help coach Stephen LoBianco’s cross country program take the next step. He joined a talented group of runners that felt they could become the first York College squad to qualify for the Division 3 National Championships.
For Andy, having a coach like LoBianco, who believed in the group and helped them achieve that goal, was crucial.
“Once he saw our class, I think he knew we could do it,” Andy says. “We could do something really special.”
Then, each year, the program added more pieces that fit together. They qualified for the championship race. This was also the first time the program broke into the national rankings, cracking the top 30.
“It was really cool to see the progress over my four years,” Andy says.
A success in the classroom
Andy's senior year, he was named to the NCAA Division III Cross Country All-Academic Team, meaning he excelled not only in his sport but in the classroom, as well.
While he knew he wanted to run in college, he made sure he was going to go to a school that had a strong nursing program.
“That was the biggest thing,” Andy says. “Coming out of high school that was very important to me.”
He first realized he wanted to work in health care in the middle of high school. He remembers taking an anatomy and physiology class. Studying the human body fascinated him. He was really interested in how the body worked. Then, one day his Aunt Wendy brought up Nursing. The idea intrigued him.
“I thought, ‘That would actually be pretty cool,’” he says.
Making an impact
But what type of nursing? There were so many options available.
One summer, while still logging his miles, he earned an assistantship at a hospital back home. He ended up on the oncology floor and enjoyed the experience.
Yes, he admits, it can be tough seeing cancer patients struggle. But he could make an impact there.
“As hard as it can be,” he said, “You’re helping people.”