Year and major: Junior/Nursing
Branch/Rank: U.S. Navy/E-6/HM1
Service: 9-plus years; Pensacola (Florida), Yokosuka (Japan), Kuwait, Kandahar, Afghanistan, temporary additional duty to a DDG (guided missile destroyer), Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Selected in December 2012 for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program to pursue a nursing degree and commissioning in the Navy Nurse Corps.
Tell us about your service experience. I probably would not be this far into a stable career if I had not joined. I love my job as a corpsman, I love working in the medical field, and I am going to take advantage of every opportunity the Navy allows me to advance my career.
Any favorite classes? Only two thus far: Assessment and Fundamentals of Professional Nursing. I like both: Assessment because it is an in-depth review of systems that I am already familiar with, and Fundamentals because it is a challenge to learn the “political,” economic and theoretical side of Nursing.
What sets JU apart? JU has a very military-friendly system. It is easy to transition, especially with the help of our senior and fellow military-veteran students, and JU provides avenues for support.
What might surprise others about you? I love to ride my motorcycle (Honda CBR600RR) and cruise around the outskirts of Jacksonville where the old oak trees provide shade over the asphalt. I also like activities such as canyoning and river rafting (neither is available in Florida), inner-tubing (Ginnie Springs and the Ichetucknee), bungee jumping and skydiving. Otherwise, I’m a pretty chill person and enjoy the simple things in life.
For more about JU’s programs and services for student-veterans, visit http://www.ju.edu/VA and http://www.ju.edu/registrar/Pages/VA-Information.aspx.