Not too long ago, if you were on the hunt for Jeremy Bludau, you knew where to find him.
The University of Houston-Victoria student was likely holed up inside The Nest Sound Studio, a professional recording studio that he and a friend opened in 2009. The studio was Bludauís home away from home.
The endeavor was a dream come true for the lifelong music lover whose passion for recording started early on.
ďI donít even know how old I was when I started, but I was little,Ē he said as he laughed. ďI used to play around with a tape recorder and record my own songs and skits. As a result, I got into developing an ear for how things sound.Ē
That passion continues today, but for now, itís on hold because Bludau has his sights on a big career move. The 33-year-old Victoria native is one of 15 students who make up UHVís first class of family nurse practitioner students. The UHV School of Nursing began offering the new masterís program in the fall.
ďItís an intense program,Ē he said. ďIím not working as a nurse, and Iím really not recording. Right now, my life is all about school and my 1-year-old son, Gage. But Iím really enjoying it.Ē
It was an interest in biology and the human body that initially led Bludau to medicine, he said. His favorite part about the five years he spent as a nurse was knowing that he was helping others.
ďIn the ICU, Iíve seen miracles happen,Ē Bludau said. ďThatís the reward and it feels really good to be a part of that.Ē
Once he becomes a nurse practitioner. heíll have the chance to become a primary care provider. Not only will he be able to help his patients feel better, but heíll be the one making important health care decisions.
ďAs a nurse, youíre helping people, but the doctor is the one in control,Ē Bludau noted. ďAs a nurse practitioner, Iíll be armed with more knowledge and skills. I want to accelerate my career.Ē
Bludau graduated Victoria High School in 1998 and soon after earned an associate degree from Victoria College. He later joined the ranks of the Jaguars, earning a bachelorís degree in nursing from UHV.
Bludauís advice to others working on going after their goals is to prioritize what is most important. Thatís likely what will take the most time and effort, and it will mean some sacrifice, he said. But in the end, itís worth it.
An open mind also makes a difference.
ďTake advice from others,Ē he said regarding study habits. ďWe get kind of stuck in how we do things. But if you take other peopleís suggestions and try them out, you might be surprised at the end result.Ē
As for what comes next, Bludau said he isnít 100 percent sure. He might join a clinic or perhaps continue on toward his doctorate.
ďI just want to get through this first,Ē he said of the masterís program.
I am a Jaguar is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, email Paula Cobler , UHV director of marketing and communications, or call her at 361-570-4350.