Kevin’s First Day of School–why I love UPenn

“Can you develop polyps from being this puckered?”

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Two years ago while drinking warm Scotch in the wood line at my annual army training, Kev expressed his desire to attend anesthesia school. During that two weeks, many ‘no shit, there I was’ stories were tossed between myself, Kev, and 3 CRNAs. Kev’s desire to reach that next professional level became palpable.

Fast forward to today.

I feel like a mom seeing her only child to the school bus on his first day of Kindergarten. Only, in my case, I walked Kevin to Anesthesia Graduate School orientation at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. He says that I was there to be sure he wouldn’t go hide in the bushes. I see it more as a culmination of hours of intense conversations, letters of recommendation and hopes for the future.

As I sat through the Dean’s welcome to the incoming class I found myself nodding my head in agreement with her. UPenn is an amazing place to be a student nurse. I am proud of many things in my life, but completing my education surrounded by amazing leaders in the field of nursing at such an incredible institution is one of the most important to me.

So when people clarify where I went to nursing school, I silently smile when people ask, “So you went to Penn State, right?”

No Kev, you won’t develop polyps. But use that nervous energy to uphold the standard…and get used to people thinking you are a Big Ten Alum.

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