Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Passionate, spontaneous, hard working, foodie, and silly!
At what moment in your life did you decide you wanted to go into healthcare?
I had no idea what I wanted to do going into undergrad, but all of a sudden towards the end of freshman year it just clicked. After meeting amazing nurses while volunteering at UCDMC, I just knew I wanted to work in healthcare and become a nurse.
What were the main obstacles you faced?
Well.. grades, work, money, time to go back to school..everything? Those were just a few obstacles that have made my road to nursing school a bit bumpy, but I never let it stop me from pursuing my goal of becoming a nurse.
Why did you choose Samuel Merritt University?
Everyone that I have talked to including past students and coworkers have positive things to say about the nurses SMU produces. I loved the idea of staying close to home in the Bay Area, but more importantly I believed in Samuel Merritt's mission statement. I want to be the best nurse I can be while being a part of a positive-loving community that is taught by dedicated faculty.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
Ahh, this is hard. I think the most life-changing experience so far was during my critical care rotation a few months ago. I had the opportunity to participate in the chest compressions for a patient who was coding in the ICU. That day the unit was filled with sweat and tears, but the staff's teamwork during the event and care shown to the patient and their family made me realize that this is exactly why I went into this field.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
I love visiting my family and friends, catching up on my many tv shows, traveling to different countries, and exercising!
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
Enjoy the time you have while in the program. They are not joking when they say the first year is busy and difficult. However, don't get discouraged because it is doable. Collaborate with your classmates and form study groups. Study hard, but also take time to do things you love outside of school.