Meet Brittany and Cara, two students from opposite ends of the continent who join forces as ASH roommates and friends in Hawai‘i. Both have aspirations in the medical field and speak about experiences volunteering in hospitals. Oh, and they both have interests in the fine arts. Read on!
Brittany: Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington
Cara: Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania
Brittany: Renton, Washington
Cara: Erie, Pennsylvania
Favorite Form of Social Media
What’s on your iPod?
Brittany: Everything! Irish music, rap, pop, hip hop …
Cara: Mainly alternative (Mariamas Trench is one of my favorites) and oldies from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
What one word would you use to describe yourself?
What one word would your friends use to describe you?
Describe a turning point in your life.
Brittany: A turning point for me was the 1st time I helped deliver a baby at the hospital. Up until that point I was uncertain about what to do, and I was having some trouble with school and finances. But after my experience in the hospital, I knew that being a labor and delivery nurse was what I wanted to do. Then things began to happen with school.
Cara: My turning point also came while volunteering in a hospital. I watched facial reconstructions and plastic surgeries. After seeing the surgeons work I knew I wanted to become a plastic surgeon or anesthesiologist.
What was your first job?
Brittany: When I was 14 years old I was a clerk at “The Christmas Factory”, a store that sells Christmas things all year long.
Cara: I worked in our family’s deli business, making and delivering sandwiches.
Brittany: I was adopted in Hawai‘i. My family moved here for work when I was very young, and that’s when my stepfather adopted me. I still remember sitting in the judge’s office during the adoption process. We only lived here for a year, but I have so many wonderful memories from that time.
Cara: I’ve had 7 concussions – mostly from playing basketball and softball.
Brittany: I guess photography. (Editor’s note: check out some of Brittany’s photos on the ASH Facebook page.)
Cara: Probably drawing – I’m a Fine Arts major.
Brittany: Anything sweet to eat!
Brittany: Lilo & Stitch!
Cara: Any horror movie
Favorite TV Show
Brittany: I have two favorites – Chicago Fire and Revenge
The Reality Show I’d Go On
Brittany: I don’t think there’s one out there that I would go on!
Favorite Local Food
Both: Li Hing Mui on pineapple!
Favorite Hawai‘i Place:
Both: The beach!
Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition
Brittany: The open and inviting nature of the people here.
Cara: The flower leis – I like colorful things!