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.
Meet the other students we’re recognizing during the Month of Heroes, learn more about our military students and alumni here on Wave Magazine, or visit the Veterans and Military Resource Center online to learn how JU serves those who’ve served.