Becca Nash balances academics while branching out into the working world as a part time EMT at the Boylston Fire Station.
Scarlet: What is home to you?
Becca: Um, home to me is a place where you feel comfortable, where you can just be yourself without any thought of being differently, with open and honest conversation.
Scarlet: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Becca: I’m a senior here, a bio major public with a health concentration. I’m also on CURR. I really like the medical field and I will be attending PA school beginning in January. I’m really excited about the opportunity to expand by opportunities in patient care. As an EMT, you can only do so much, and I’m excited to be able to do more; I’m really excited.
Scarlet: You’re also on Eboard for Rapid Response right?
Becca: So my job entails running trainings, coordinating classes, and making sure people’s general performance is up to par with the necessary skills. It’s very time intensive since it’s not only training, but also practical skills, but I love that part of emergency medicine that allows me to share what I’ve learned in the past four years.
Scarlet: Why did you pick Clark?
Becca: I’m from around Worcester, 20 minutes away. I was actually adamant about not coming to Clark because my mom works here, but I went on a tour and I ended up really liking it. There’s a sense of community that Cark has that’s not there in other schools. It was like that sense of home we talked about that really stuck with me when I saw Clark.
Scarlet: Has it lived up to your expectations?
Becca: Yeah, I mean, for the most part Clark has been really good for me. It’s not perfect but no school is.
Scarlet: How do you balance all that?
Becca: It’s a little difficult; the fire department I work for has a lot of WPI students, and the chief is very understanding. I have a great planner and use Google calendar, and I just plan everything out. I do a lot of schoolwork at work – when I get to the fire department, I’ll do my chores first and try to get my homework done after. I also try to work with friends to motivate me, especially if they’re in the same class.
Scarlet: Any plans for the summer/after graduation?
Becca: I have seven months off before PA school and I plan on working during that gap. Currently, I’m per diem at the fire department but I’ll be working part time for a private ambulance company until I start school in January. I’m excited, and I’ll still be close by.
Scarlet: What’s something people might not notice about you at first glance?
Becca: I feel like people might not think that I’m into hiking and that I’m good at it, just based off the fact that hikers look a certain way and that I don’t, but my dad and I hike a lot together. I don’t want to brag, but I’m good at it, even though I do not look like it at all.
Scarlet: Last question – if you were any food, what would you be?
Becca: I’ve suddenly forgotten all of the foods…this is a lot tougher than I thought, but probably vegan cheesecake, because I really like vegan cheesecake. It’s a comfort food that you don’t feel bad about eating, and I like to think that I play that comforting role in people’s lives.