So tell us.. what do you do?
I am a nurse. I work night shift on a telemetry unit which is mainly heart monitoring.
How did you have the passion to finish nursing school?
My father passed away when I was younger so I grew up with a single mother who is a nurse. Being around that strength and compassion made me want to be just like her. It was like no matter what happened, she could never stop spreading her positive energies around. It was powerful to me.
Even though I was a huge “nerd” when it came to school work, nursing school was rough! If I didn’t keep my grades up, I would lose my scholarship- so that kept me in check. The anxiety level is crazy and you really have to know your stuff. However, it paid off in so many ways where it was definitely worth it!
In what ways was it worth it?
Being a nurse changes you a little and puts things into a different perspective. I have seen people at their worst or in their most vulnerable state- and they trust me to take care of them and look out for what is best for them. I have seen the most authentic relationships. I have seen death and loss. I have met people and touched their lives with the smallest actions or the few kind words they needed to hear. People appreciate you and its a great feeling because you walk away with your own feelings of appreciation for the things you may take for granted. There has never been a shift where I haven’t cracked up at something a patient said or did. My coworkers and I have stories that can make us laugh ourselves to tears. If you can look past the gross things you might have to deal with, there’s a deep sense of satisfaction with this job. “I love to help people” sounds so cliché, but it’s very genuine. The money and benefits are your bonus.
What is your favorite thing about nursing?
Getting to meet new people all the time- different ages, different cultures, different personalities, etc. I love it in the same way why people love traveling. You learn so much about the way people live, the things they have gone through, and the things that are the most important to them. I personally like being the comic relief or ice breaker type of nurse. Everyone loves a comedian and it eases their stressful time.
What made you want to get into modeling?
I have a creative streak when it comes to putting outfits together, taking pictures, hair and makeup- stuff like that. I am always binging on selfies so why not? As one of my patients once said to me: “You’re never going to be as young, pretty, skinny, and free of responsibilities as you are right now.. SO MILK IT!!” It is just something I am doing for fun and just getting into now. With my nursing, I work 12 hour shifts so it is only 3 nights a week. I have a lot of free time to explore any other interests/ try new things.
Who is your favorite model right now?
Nazanin Mandi! I have such a crush on her. I mean, looking at one picture of her is just not enough.
Did you grow up with a large family?
Nope. My father passed away when I was 12- so it was just my mom and my younger brother. We got extremely close. My mom met my step dad and his two kids when I was around 17 and we all have become so close ever since. Our extended family is humongous. There is an endless amount of support.
What do you do in your free time?
It depends on my mood. I make time for my family and friends. I like going out to museums, zoos, aquariums, art galleries, anywhere scenic and beautiful really. I also admit: I love to party! (I’ll just blame it on me being West Indian.. Caribbean people need to dance to survive.. Hahaha)
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
New York City. I may be biased here. It is such an eclectic city. I can’t get tired of people watching. And there’s millions of things to do there.
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I don’t think I have one specifically. All I know is that I want to travel the world and visit all the most beautiful cities at least once.
Do you like pets? Do you own any?
I have a bearded dragon lizard which sounds badass, but I prefer something I can cuddle with. I will end up getting a puppy eventually.
What turns you on about a man?
I like guys that are really smart and funny with a really good-looking face! Sounds fairly simple, but shockingly rare to find. Career-driven, loyal, always self-improving, knows how to treat a woman…. Am I asking for too much yet? Hahaha
How can we follow you online?
My Instagram is @feliciafeliciaaa
This article is published in Alwayz Therro January Issue 66.
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