“I started volunteering at Cedars-Sinai, and that really clinched it for me. I just love the hospital environment and how everyone works together for the best outcomes”
“I’m from Minnesota—the ‘Frozen North’—and when I learned about Santa Monica, it just seemed like a dream place to live. And I feel that I’m really lucky to live here,” said Brittany Anderson, who’s from a thoroughly Scandinavian background. “So yeah, I moved here with my degree in Graphic Design, and I still work in that field in fashion. I’ve had a pretty nice career in design for 10 fun years—a lot of travel and meeting exciting people. But it just wasn’t fulfilling for me. Too much infighting and pettiness. And I decided that what I really wanted to do was something much more service-oriented.”
So Brittany—who visits the Pacific Ocean every day—decided that Nursing was important in nurturing her soul in several important ways. “Medicine is truly a field where teamwork is everything, and you’re all working toward a common goal. And there’s lots of personal support. But it’s also a way to work, maybe, three days a week, and I definitely want to have a life where I spend a lot of time with my kids. And I believe that working in a hospital will allow me to do many things that are important and vital to me.”
Brittany adds, “One of the best teachers that I ever had was Professor Sandra Hutchinson for Anatomy. She is just a really sweet, generous, and supportive woman. She got me involved in SMC’s Pre-Health club, where they offered us fantastic advice about career opportunities, graduate programs, and scholarships. Amazing, really.” Brittany says, “Leaving work and studying full-time is one of the best decisions I ever made. It’s financially very tough to simply be a student. But when I arrive at UCLA or CSUN, I’ll know in my bones that I’m doing the right thing.”
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