Hi, there! I am a new and very grateful nursing student in the summer 2013 Acc-Bacc program. I am a born and raised San Diegan, but moved to Portland two years ago with my husband to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Fun fact: my first time to Portland was on the day I rolled in with my moving truck and all my belongings in tow. I love the outdoors, literature, great coffee, kitty cats and, oh yeah, did I mention the outdoors? Let’s just say Portland and I have had a strong love affair from the get go!

I studied Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations at UCLA and have been working professionally in marketing and insurance since 2004. Sure sales and marketing were challenging, but for me true inspiration lies in interpersonal relationships and health promotion at the individual, family, and community level. My true love is working with kids! Who doesn’t love playing in the rice box and stacking Legos? I know I sure do!  With that said, I hope to work in pediatrics.

I have volunteered rather extensively in pediatric oncology units in San Diego and the Portland Metro. I have also been actively involved with the Children’s Cancer Association here in Portland as a Chemo Pal for the past two years.  To say that these children have been inspirational would be an understatement; their journeys have inspired me to pursue a career in nursing—where my daily tasks just might have the ability to foster health, wellness, and happiness in the life of a kiddo or their families. If I can bring a smile to just one person’s face a day, then I know it’s been successful.  Perhaps you’ll get a laugh or two out of my posts and enjoy this nursing journey along with me. Cheers!