For University of Houston-Victoria student Robert Garza, a career in the medical field was always in the cards.
The Rosenberg native maintained an interest in math and science throughout school, and that interest in medicine grew as he got older.
“I’m really fascinated with anatomy and physiology,” he said. “It’s intriguing. Just the different biochemical processes that go on inside the body amaze me.”
Garza, 25, graduated from another university in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, a concentration in pre-med and a minor in business administration. He continued his studies after graduation.
Although he originally planned to become a doctor, he later decided nursing was a better fit. He likes that the nursing field offers more patient interaction and allows for more flexible schedules.
“I decided I wanted a family,” Garza said. “I wanted to be able to live life. I chose this route instead.”
He signed up for UHV’s Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, taking classes at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, where UHV offers the nursing program. He graduated with his bachelor’s in December, and he already has his future mapped out.
Garza accepted a position with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital as a critical care nurse and starts in January.
Working in intensive care is rewarding but doesn’t always come easy, he said. When he was a nursing intern, a couple of critical-care patients he worked with passed away.
“It can be stressful, no doubt,” Garza said. “But I stick to my faith base, my beliefs. It keeps me level-headed.”
He plans to return to school in a few years to obtain his master’s degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Garza keeps busy with a variety of hobbies in his spare time. He enjoys everything from abstract painting to working out, running marathons and basketball. He even recently joined a men’s roller derby team.
“I joke around with my friends, saying I have undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder,” he said. “There’s something new all the time. I like to be busy.”
Busy or not, Garza said he’s more than ready to begin this next chapter of his life.
“To make a living by caring for someone else and making them feel good, I can’t think of anything better,” he said. “Helping people is where I’ve always stood. I’m excited.”
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