Brendan Kreag grew up outside of Philadelphia with nurses in his family and made the decision to pursue nursing in high school. He chose the University of South Carolina based on the nursing program’s stellar reputation and shared he also doesn’t mind the warm weather!
To Brendan, investing his all in his studies and the college experience is important. He stated, “Put in the time; don’t cut corners—you need to know everything.” In addition to his busy class schedule, he also is a representative on the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and a mentee in the Men in Nursing program. Being involved has helped create friendships, foster positive relationships with faculty and led to other opportunities in the local community. Outside of the College of Nursing, Brendan participates in Operation Smile and serves as a resident mentor. In his down time, Brendan enjoys going to the gym, taking trips to Charleston, tailgating at football games and spending time with friends.
Brendan plans to take the MCAT, though his main focus is on becoming a nurse anesthetist. Either way, he plans to continue his education. He also hopes to be able to work in a big city and travel often. Because his own experiences with school have been so powerful, he has also considered finding the time to teach, which would allow him to back to a new generation of nurses. To other students on a similar path, he said, “Know your resources. Commit yourself. And make the best of it. College goes by so quickly!”