Brittany Mitchell – mother, future registered nurse, returning student
“OC has inspired me to continue my education and pursue a fulfilling career that will change my life.”
Why did you choose OC?
When I was looking into nursing programs, OC just seemed to be the right fit for me. I chose OC because it is close to my home and it allows me to be a mother/wife and go to school at the same time.
What degree are you pursing at OC?
I am in the associate degree nursing program. After I complete this program, I will be eligible to take the state boards and become a registered nurse. I would love to return to Olympic College when my children are older to pursue my bachelor’s degree in nursing. One of the things I love about nursing is there are multiple career paths that allow nurses to continually extend their education.
What do you want to do when you get your degree?
Become a registered nurse. At this moment, I am not completely sure what kind of nurse I would like to become. As I am exposed to different kinds of nursing each quarter, I try to gain some perspective in each field.
What has been your favorite class at OC?
I truly enjoy all of the classes taught by the nursing faculty. One of my favorite classes was inorganic chemistry instructed by Dr. Billy Flowers. I believe that OC students are very fortunate to have such a brilliant instructor. I am constantly using my chemistry background for my nursing studies.
What activities do you belong to at OC?
I am currently serving as the elected President of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Club at OC. My overall responsibility is for the operation of the club. Nursing as a profession is rapidly growing, as nurses continue to be in high demand. As a club, we promote our program and encourage others interested in nursing or in the medical field. The OC ADN Club is responsible for the planning of the class’s pinning ceremony. Our pinning ceremony is the culmination of the hard work each individual student has put forth in reaching the goal of becoming a nurse. This event is open to the OC Community not only as a celebration for the participants, but as an encouragement to others who may be striving to reach their dreams, in whatever field they may be working towards.
What community activities are you involved in?
My church hosts a week-long summer camp program on Wildcat Lake each year. Last year, I taught bible classes. This year I plan on serving as camp nurse.
What recognition have you received?
I am the recipient of the 2004 Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE). The WAVE scholarship recognizes outstanding career and technical education students at high schools, community colleges, and technical schools. This scholarship has helped me stay in school when I could not pay for school on my own. It has paid for two years of my tuition here at Olympic College. I have been on the OC President’s List and Dean’s list while in nursing school.
Please share a little about your personal background (that you feel most comfortable with). Family, friends, upbringing, or other background that would help tell people about who you are.
I was born in South Korea and was adopted by my family. I grew up in Port Orchard and graduated from South Kitsap High School. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a paramedic/firefighter. I was active in the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s Explorer program. The fall after high school I enrolled at OC. I spent a few years taking classes at OC but I was not quite sure what I wanted to do. I went from full time to part time and ended up taking a break from college.
After my first son was born, I started to think about going back to school. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband and a family that supported my choice to go back to school. Since I had already taken some classes at OC, I found out I was very close to being able to apply for nursing school. After I completed my prerequisites, I applied for the nursing program. I found out I had been accepted to the nursing program when my second son was four weeks old. Previously, I told myself that even if I got accepted that I would take a year off to be a stay-at-home mom. However, after I talked to a few friends and my family, I decided that I would be crazy not to accept and enter the program immediately. I dove into the nursing program with a two year old and a new baby. Today, I am very happy with my decision to continue my education.
How has OC inspired you?
OC has inspired me to continue my education and pursue a fulfilling career that will change my life.