Shannon Mudro, Class of 2015

Murdo_carThe weekends race by for USF nursing student Shannon Mudro.

Literally.

While the junior from Morris, Ill., is busy Monday through Friday with nursing classes, the tennis team, the honors program, the student Commuter Assistants program, and other extra-curricular activities, she races cars on the weekends.

Mudro races UMP Modified cars part-time at the Kankakee County Speedway, something she’s been doing for the last five years.

“My uncle used to race, and my mom took my brother and me to watch him one weekend,” said Mudro. “I was hooked, and I wanted to race my own car. At first my mom thought I was kidding.”

Mudro spends her weekends at the speedway racing her car at speeds topping out at 100 mph. She has won several awards throughout the years, competing against mostly men.

“I absolutely love the thrill of the race,” said Mudro. “It’s a fun hobby that is exciting and usually raises a few eyebrows when I tell people I race cars.”

Although Mudro enjoys racing, she is focused on school. With her certified nursing assistant certificate under her belt since high school, going to college to be a nurse was the natural choice. She chose USF because of the nursing program’s reputation and how close the university was to home.

“USF offers students so much from the education in the classroom to the extra activities students can get involved in,” said Mudro, who commutes from Morris every day. “It can be tough to balance everything sometimes, but USF provides students with the tools to do it all.”

Mudo admits that she must organize her time wisely to stay on schedule and succeed in the classroom, on the tennis court, and on the race track.

“You only have one life, and I want to do it all,” she said. “When I graduate I hope to still be racing. It will be a good conversation starter with my patients when I’m a nurse.”