Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
I am a God-fearing man who is passionate about his faith, family and life.
Why did you choose SMU?
Samuel Merritt University was my first choice of nursing schools after I had done extensive research on all the BSN programs in the Greater Bay Area. I found the tradition and its exemplary reputation to be a perfect fit for my career goals. I knew that when I graduated I would be proud to say I am a graduate from Samuel Merritt University, and I am.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
My preceptor experience was unforgettable and was a culmination of the theory and skills that I learned at SMU. I saw a lot of action during my preceptorship and learned so much about the nursing profession.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
I love to spend time with my family and fly airplanes. Now that I will be graduating I plan on spending much more time on both. I’m also an avid cyclist.
We understand you are a father. What special challenges have you experienced while being in school?
I am the father of five daughters (three of which are under six) and a husband. I have been blessed with an awesome wife. We both knew going into this we would have to make major sacrifices, not only financially but with our time together as a family. I would have to say that my biggest challenge (although there were many) was trying to support my wife whenever I could, mentally. My time was so limited that she basically raised this family by herself during my time at SMU. But, now that my time is done, I will be giving my wife some much needed pampering.
What's your next step after graduating?
Take my family on a much-needed vacation and unwind. Then, I will buckle down and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) and start working. I have some great opportunities opening up for me and look forward to pursuing them. After some time working in the field, I plan on pursuing my Master’s degree in nursing (at SMU, of course).
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
The decision to go into a BSN program is not one to take lightly, and must be looked at from all perspectives of your life. If you are married with kids or in a committed relationship, your decision does not only concern you but concerns your significant other, so get their blessing and support. Then, I would tell them congratulations on entering one of the best nursing programs in the state. They should be proud to be going to SMU, and be prepared to work hard. I would say to have confidence and pride in the fact that you made it to SMU. You have shown academic excellence thus far, and to continue down that road.