Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Easy-going, goal-oriented, resourceful, sweet tooth
At what moment in your life did you decide you wanted to go into healthcare?
I realized I wanted to enter the healthcare field after working in an Urgent Care clinic during my Sophomore year of college. I'm someone who gets bored really easily, so having a career that is mentally challenging and allows me to get to know/help 15+ people a day seemed fun and appealing.
What were the main obstacles you faced?
I think my biggest obstacle so far has been coping with the stress that comes with being a student. On certain days it's really easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, but I'm slowly learning to consciously step back and take a mental break when I need it.
Why did you choose Samuel Merritt University?
I came from a big public undergrad, so I was really drawn to the intimate teaching environment that SMU offered. The small class sizes and student-teacher ratios really allow you the opportunity to get to know your peers, and to seek out guidance when you need it.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
Starting clinical rotations has been my favorite experience so far. Being able to interact with patients, and to finally apply what I've learned in a real clinical setting has been a very rewarding feeling.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
My favorite thing to do is anything that involves friends, family, and food!
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
Take it one day at a time. The work load may feel really overwhelming when you first start the program, but don't feel discouraged, you're capable of more than you know.