SCC’s 2013 commencement speaker Kimberly Sorden has a lot to be thankful for. She returned to SCC after an accident on a four-wheeler and complications from her first surgery left her unable to walk for seven months. Inspired by the care she received in the hospital, Kimberly decided she wanted to become a nurse.
“After my accident, so many people took care of me,” she said. “I decided I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.”
She chose SCC because it was nearby and several people at the hospital, as well as coworkers and family members, spoke highly of SCC’s nursing program.
Kimberly focused on her studies and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college. “I had to work hard,” she said. “Community college is the way to go. They know you by name and they care so much,” she said. “It’s hard to fail with the services SCC provides and people who are eager to teach you and help you out in any way.”
Originally from Dardenne Prairie, Kimberly graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from SCC in May 2013 and recently transferred to the University of Central Florida to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She also landed a job at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as an advanced clinical technician in the Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and hopes to someday work as a nurse. She said she wants to eventually pursue a doctorate and travel the world educating people about their health.
“I hope to inform others on the health options that are available, and to improve their quality of life.”
Last updated: June 4, 2013