Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
I love life, people, animals, oh, and coffee!
At what moment in your life did you decide you wanted to go into healthcare?
While working as a family planning health educator, I realized that there was a lack of health education in primary care. I felt that nursing would allow me to marry two of my loves, education and healthcare. Working closely with primary care providers and seeing the positive impact they make in their patient’s lives is when I realized I wanted to go into nursing.
What were the main obstacles you faced?
There were a few obstacles I faced this semester. Adjusting to the intense workload and trying to keep up with all of my classes has been a struggle. It has been a long time since I have taken this many classes at one time so it is taking some time getting used to. Also, maintaining balance, between my school life and my personal life as been hard. I am extremely close with my family and friends and not being to see them as often as I would like has been tough; I’m still trying to find that balance.
Why did you choose Samuel Merritt University?
I chose Samuel Merritt University because of their dedication to preparing students to deliver healthcare that is holistic, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive. They respect and value the diversity of the communities they serve in the Bay Area and that is reflected the programs and curricula they develop.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
I love nursing skills and health assessment lab. My lab instructors and TAs are wonderful! My classmates are so much fun to work with and they make my learning experience so enjoyable. Putting what we learn in the classroom to practice is what I value most about these courses.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
I love hanging out with my friends and family, shopping, and creating new recipes in my newly renovated kitchen! I love dancing, too! It is an awesome way to work out the stress!
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
You cannot survive this program alone. I credit my survival thus far to the amazing group of friends I have made in my program. They have helped me in more ways than one and their support, kindness, and generosity mean the world to me. Taking time to getting a support system together is what I would tell a new student entering my program.