Hi, I’m Brett. The last few years have been a little nomadic for me, but somehow I ended up in Denver, CO a few days away from beginning the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program here at Regis University.
After high school in Gig Harbor, WA I went to Azusa Pacific University where I made some awesome friends, began my love affair with kiteboarding, and got a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Why Business Admin you ask? Because I had no clue what to do with my life. I got a great job as a project manager for a real estate development firm and did that for a few years. In 2007 I met a girl. In 2008 I married her! I left my job and the sunny days in CA and moved back to Gig Harbor while Kate finished her Master’s degree in Teaching. Nursing had always been in the back of my mind, so I went to 3 different community colleges to finish the prereq’s required by most aBSN programs.
Both of us finished our classes (except for 2 online classes I had to take), and we got a little tired of the 9-5 grind. So we grabbed our savings and headed to Australia.
I had the intention of applying to many nursing programs while we were there, and had no high expectations that I would be admitted the first time around. As the application deadlines rolled around I applied to Regis, it was my “number 1.” We were having a great time working on the Great Barrier Reef and kiteboarding everyday, that I never got around to filling out any more applications! Well, surprising as it was, I got an interview with Regis! Since I was on the other side of the world, they agreed to let me interview via Skype. Yes, technology still baffles my mind. My interview was for 9am MST, which was about 2am Port Douglas time. I woke up an hour early, went for a walk on the beach, slammed a monster energy drink and signed on for the interview.
I got accepted! But that meant cutting our time in Australia way down (I planned to still be there today), but I was, and still am, incredibly grateful for the opportunity to attend Regis. I’m also grateful for student loans!
So we left Australia, did a whirlwind trip through New Zealand and parts of Asia, went to Gig Harbor for a month, and made it to Denver a week before class starts.
I feel like the adventure has only begun!