Name: Ana Soper.
How long at MUSC: 10 months and counting.
A unique talent you have: Deep appreciation for any type of music. I’m also a pianist.
First job: Nurse assistant at a nursing home expressly for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Bad habit: Thinking that it’s all about me. It’s not.
Role models: These would fall
into two categories. First, my patients are my greatest teachers, and I
am reminded of this every day. Second, anyone who has lived a life of
service over a life of leisure. My greatest role model in that sense
would be Paul Sawtelle, my dad’s fellow soldier and friend from his
Army days, who was killed in action in the Vietnam War. He was young,
yet he gave so much in such a short time.
Most embarrassing moment: Too many to count. I’m blushing just thinking about it.
.Mac or PC: PC, although the Mac I use at MUSC is growing on me.
What do you do on a rainy day: Think about making plans to go to the SC Aquarium, but read voraciously instead.
One thing you do that never gets old: Finding ways to care for my patients with the same courtesies and attention to detail that I would expect to receive myself.
The one thing you can’t live without: My faith in God.
What do you do to relax when the work-day ends: Crank
up my car radio on the drive home and dance in place while waiting at
the traffic light intersections. You’d be surprised at how many people
you can get to laugh and smile! If that doesn’t do the trick for
relaxation, I’ll do the electric slide dance by myself at home. This
usually makes me laugh, at the very least.
How would you spend a million dollars: Donate
the money to the National Institute on Aging to support research
efforts in finding a cure for or treatment to slow the progression of
Alzheimer’s disease and promote early detection.... and of course take
it as a tax write-off.
Since hurricane season just began, what traits of a hurricane do you possess: Grass never grows under my feet!
Greatest moment in your life: Hugging
President Barack Obama at my recent graduation ceremony! He encouraged
me to never forget that there’s a lot to be done and society needs your
hard work, no matter how small you feel.
Friday, July 3, 2009