Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Motivated, honest, caring, passionate, friendly, ambitious, dedicated, persistent, humorous, and big-hearted.
Why did you choose SMU?
I chose Samuel Merritt University because of the wide variety of programs that they offer and the reputation they hold for having a high quality of education. I felt so blessed to have been accepted into the BSN program. I have studied under many influential professors and been presented with a multitude of learning opportunities. Samuel Merritt students have proven to be compassionate, skilled, and knowledgeable healthcare professionals. This is the community that I hope to be a part of.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
My favorite experience thus far has been my medical-surgical rotation at John Muir in Walnut Creek. It was during this rotation that I truly felt like I was becoming a nurse. One of the best days of this rotation was when I was able to accompany my patient to the Cath Lab and watch a pacemaker be put into place. It was incredible to watch this procedure being performed right in front of me and to see how the many members of the healthcare team worked together collaboratively.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
When I’m not in the library, you can find me at the dance studio. I have been a competitive dancer since the age of nine at a local dance studio, and I am currently the director of their tap program! Working at the studio has given me a wonderful opportunity to work with children of all ages and continue to fuel my passion for dancing, choreographing, and teaching. I love working with families; and I enjoy watching these dancers improve throughout each year, striving to achieve new goals. The staff members have been fantastic role models to me and have inspired me to be the same kind of role model to my students.
We understand that you have volunteered for Camp Okizu – a camp for children with cancer. Can you tell us a little about that?
Camp Okizu’s mission is to provide support to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer. Camp Okizu is a place where these children have a week of attention and love, free from the worries at home and busy hospitals. This week is purely dedicated to giving them a chance to be a kid again, not an adult. The campers are not expected to talk about their experiences unless they are moved to do so.
I heard about the camp through a friend and applied to volunteer there this past summer. I had the privilege of serving as a camp counselor to five boys around the age of seven. All of these boys had a sibling faced with or who had died from childhood cancer. Each of these camper’s faces is still etched into my memory. At the end of the week, many of the kids were given the chance to stand and talk about their experiences. Many of their stories brought me to tears, leaving me with an altered perspective and a profound sense of gratitude. I expected to make a change in these children’s lives—I did not expect them to make a change in me.
We understand that you were chosen to intern at Kaiser this summer. What will you be doing there?
I am honored to be chosen as an intern for the Kaiser Permanente RN Work-Study Program 2013! I will be working at Kaiser in Walnut Creek in “Clinical Education and Informatics.” I am excited to be working collaboratively with the Kaiser team and to ultimately learn more about this area of nursing!
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
If I could only give one piece of advice to a new student entering the program, it would be to utilize your support system. This program is a rollercoaster full of new experiences and learning opportunities—make the most of them! To add to this, get to know the faculty and staff! They are wonderful resources and teachers who have so much to offer, especially when you take the time to ask. This will make all of the difference in your experience here.