Alumni Profile: Patricia Chenette
We are excited to begin a new alumni spotlight series! Periodically, we plan to highlight different alumni, sharing how their time at Ad Fontes Academy impacted their life and where God has led them today.
Name: Patricia Chenette
AFA Graduating Class: 2012
Higher Education & Honors: George Mason University, Honors College, BS in Nursing, Cum Laude. Certified as paramedic.
Career: Board Certified RN in Roanoke, Virginia and Blue Ridge Fellow
Future Dreams: Nursing ministry overseas. Riding an elephant.
Patricia graduated from George Mason University in May 2016 as a member of the Dean’s List with a BS in Nursing, Cum Laude, in the Honors College. During her time at Mason, Patricia was also certified as a paramedic, serving emergency needs in Northern Virginia. After graduation, she was subsequently Board Certified as an RN and is currently working as a nurse in Roanoke, Virginia. Simultaneously, she has been selected as a Blue Ridge Fellow. The nationwide Fellows Initiative is comprised of recent college graduates who spend nine months in an intensive, community-rich vocational formation program learning to live out a seamless faith in Christ, taking seminary level courses, and serving within a local church and city. While in the program she will have a mentor and live with a host family who is part of the church.
When you talk with Patricia, she will tell you that her time at AFA formed her, particularly, in learning to write, analyze, and think critically. She also says, “I felt prepared to have conversations with people with different perspectives because I had learned the basics of different worldviews/ethical standards and developed a level of understanding to be sensitive and ask intelligent questions. This set me up for some fascinating conversations in college and gave me the confidence to start a spiritual discussion group with non-believers where they could ask questions in a non-judgmental environment.”
Patricia was also nurtured by a large, loving, Christian family with seven siblings who mentored her and set an example she now follows. She has continued to mentor young women she encountered at Ad Fontes and has also returned to speak at Ad Fontes at the Annual College Boot Camp for seniors and to the younger AFA women about godly choices in life.
All this experience so far has led Patricia to look ahead to doing ministry and nursing overseas to reach out to those in the most desperate need physically and spiritually. She also harbors a desire, while there, to ride an elephant, which gives a small window into a person who loves life, loves the Lord, and has the courage to take on difficult challenges.
By Ellie Houser, Class of 2019