Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Compassionate, Silly, Idealistic, Tall, Dedicated, Meticulous, Observant, Polychronic, Artistic, and Scientific.
Why did you choose SMU?
I chose Samuel Merritt because of its outstanding reputation for producing competent clinicians as well as the fact that it was one of the few accredited nursing schools that wasn't placing applicants on any sort of waiting list or lottery system. I was a slightly older non-traditional applicant, and completed my prerequisite courses at San Jose City College and I wanted to attend a reputable school right away! Samuel Merritt University turned out to be the perfect fit.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
It would be difficult to pick one favorite class or experience during my entire nursing school career, so I would say my favorite experience has been seeing my cohort's gradual development from budding transfer students into a group of highly knowledgeable, professional future registered nurses. We might have first seen the changes in our classmates, but inevitably, we all saw the change in ourselves. We went from being awkward Junior 1s in Health Assessment Lab to professional student nurses working in ED, L&D, ICU, PACU, and more. This has been a most remarkable development and something I'll always cherish.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
Snowboarding or music festivals, depending on the season! But neither of those things would be worth it without my friends, my family, and my Boxers, so I'd say spending time with them is my favorite thing.
We understand that you are the President of Men Allied for Nursing and Education (MANE). Can you tell us more about MANE and your involvement in the group?
MANE is a student organization at SMU with the goal of increasing awareness and promoting professional development of all nurses, especially those of us that are male. Being president of a student organization has given me the excellent opportunity to learn leadership skills and work with others to organize and staff health-related events. With the help of my Events Coordinator, Clayton Stroope, along with a core set of volunteer members, we were able to do things like help with the Red Cross's 5K around Lake Merritt and help register people for the Be the Match bone marrow donor registry. I had never really been a part of any sort of student organizations before coming to SMU, and I'm truly grateful that I had the opportunity as a student because I am sure the skills and experiences will be applicable to leadership opportunities in my future professional career.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
Push yourself and don't be afraid of trying something new. Nursing school is where you want to make mistakes, not after!