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Facts about your family:

My dad and mom have been married for more than 25 years. I’m the oldest of three kids and I have a little sister who’s now a sophomore here at UT and a little brother who’s a sophomore at Clear Lake High School.

Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?

My dad, uncle and aunt are all graduates of UT and so I was raised with a love for this school. We went to football games with the family when Ricky Williams was playing, so I got into the Longhorn spirit from an early age. I love the campus and all the diversity, not to mention how highly regarded UT is in almost every academic area.

What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?

My current plan (which I understand may change next week) is to work as a nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?

I had no idea I wanted to be a nurse until I started my junior year. Even then I was skeptical about it. Once I started the upper division professional program, I realized it was my niche. I had beaten myself up about taking so long to pick a career, but I learned that these things shouldn’t ever be decided quickly. Patience, though it’s difficult, is the key.

Who are your heroes?

I have to be cliché and say my mother and grandmother. My grandmother managed to raise three kids after her husband’s death and did a marvelous job. She’s living the retirement I can only dream of, international travels and being a competitive tennis player in a handful of leagues. My mother has successfully made three career changes and has done them beautifully. She’s a prime example of how you can always learn new things, beginning her career in civil engineering, then getting her master’s degree in business, master’s in computer science a few years later, and now working in an economic alliance. Florence Nightingale is pretty high up there, too.

If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?

I love South America. I spent last summer in Argentina and Bolivia, and for my next trip I’d love to go to Peru.

What are your current favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?

I love reading. I’m one of those people who tries to walk and read at the same time, and while I’ve gotten pretty good at it, I’m just glad my walk to class is on a very quiet street. My favorite books are pretty much anything by C.S. Lewis, like “The Screwtape Letters” and “The Great Divorce.” I love “The World According to Garp,” “Watership Down,” “East of Eden,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Valley of the Dolls,” “Pierced by a Sword,” “Wuthering Heights,” and “1984.” Every time I read David Sedaris I have to be aware of the setting, because I can’t really control those random and awkward outbursts of laughter. I would recommend all those to people I just met, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be “The Screwtape Letters.”

What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?

I’m a pretty laid-back person, but I guess one of my biggest pet peeves is to see somebody not wash their hands. Gross. Another big pet peeve is if you’re in class and the person sitting in the row behind you, but not directly behind you, puts their feet up on the chair. I look over, see these dirty old shoes right next to me and I almost have an anxiety attack.

What are your favorite Web sites? Why?

One of my favorite Web sites is Overheard in New York. It’s a good pick-me-up when you’re having a bad day. It’s pretty hilarious. I also indulge in the ridiculousness of YouTube every now and again.

What are your favorite foods?

Besides being vegetarian and therefore excluding meat products, I love to eat everything. Tex-Mex, Thai, Indian, Italian are among my favorites. All I need to be perfectly content is a little Dr. Pepper, chips and guacamole, and a good salad.

What music are you listening to?

I’ve been listening to a lot of old jazz lately. Ella, Billie, Louis, Miles, it’s beautiful. Also lots of Sinatra.

What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?

I’m always a little ashamed to admit this, but I’m a sucker for cheesy comedies. “Super Troopers,” “Zoolander,” “Anchorman,” “Princess Bride,” and “10 Things I Hate About You” are all among my favorites, and let’s not forget about “Boondock Saints.”

Who are your favorite artists?

I’m not quite sure if this fits under the traditional “artist” category, but I got a chance to see Body Worlds and was blown away, so I guess Gunther von Hagens is my answer.

What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?

I love the sciences and psychology, and the nursing classes are great at combining the two. I love pathophysiology and our pediatrics class. I have no idea what I’ll study in grad school just yet, but it’s definitely a priority of mine to attend grad school at some point.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Besides the nursing building which is my second home, I guess it’s the turtle pond. A good friend and I (when we both had more free time) used to grab a slice of pizza and lemonade and just sit and chat for hours.

Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?

One of my all-time favorite things to do in Austin is to have a picnic in front of the Capitol. The grass is amazing, and you feel like a kid again running around. Zilker Park is pretty nice, too.

What are your favorite free-time activities?

Free time isn’t usually a luxury I have, but when I’m not in class or studying, I’ll probably be in the pool at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center playing water polo with the team, reading or playing with my kitty, Jelly.

Other interesting facts about you:

I’m getting married one week after graduation in May to my high school sweetheart.

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September 18, 2008 | | Comments are closed for this post
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