Q: Describe what has been the biggest challenge of being a college student during the
A: There’s a lot of doubt when you are sitting waiting for your life to begin, and you
don’t have control over what’s going on in the world. You ask yourself, ‘Am I doing
the right thing? Is this the right path for me?’ My mom and sisters are nurses, and
I watched them struggle through the pandemic helping people who didn’t have a chance
and were so sick. I knew then I was making the right decision and I want to do this
for the rest of my life.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: While in surgery an artery got clipped and the patient was bleeding. That can be very
stressful, but I didn’t freak out and didn’t let my preceptor step in. I fulfilled
my role to help save my patient’s life. I started crying after surgery and couldn’t
believe I accomplished that! I also recently held a lung from a patient’s chest. Not
everyone gets to do that!
Q: What kind of support have you received from faculty?
A: At times we were wondering how we would be able to learn the material and make it
in this field. Our instructors Lisa Smith and Renona Gauthier said we all have these
moments, and we will get through it. They told us to keep pushing through and remember
what our goals are in life. Our instructors and Lab Assistant Collen Huston and the
Director of Surgical Tech Anita Caponi helped us get through our moments of doubt.
Q: What are the next steps for you after leaving OCC?
A: I want to work as a surgical tech for a trauma center and then start traveling around
the country before I begin my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Afterwards, I would
like to get a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner.
Q: What advice would you give future students?
A: If you don’t love what you are doing, find something you genuinely enjoy and go
for that. You want to wake up and be excited and always push yourself. For those going
into the medical field, you need compassion and thick skin. Patient care is a top
priority and will remain through your entire career.
Q: What would you like to say to your fellow graduates?
A: This is the beginning to our professional lives. We have pushed ourselves past our
limit, learned the most complex procedures, and accomplished and created new goals.
Now we are about to take our steps into the operating rooms and change the lives of
our patients. We are the new generation of health care, and it was such an honor to
learn with you all.