Miranda moved to St. Louis last October and is still trying to get the lay of the land. The decision to move here was pretty spur-of-the-moment. She grew up in the Chicago area and got her undergrad at Illinois State, followed by a year of working at a hospital in Springfield. It was a big change moving from the city to farm land, so she decided she wanted to move back to a city, but Chicago was too expensive. So, St. Louis it was! On Halloween weekend she moved in and immediately made friends.
One of the people she met during her first week introduced her to a guy at a party and they hit it off right away. Three days after moving here she was in a relationship and happily ensconced in St. Louis. "I didn't have any intentions of settling down..." but here she is!
Miranda is studying to be a nurse practitioner in midwifery and women's health. "Babies is mah thang," she says, as we eat our fluffy cupcakes. Apparently people ask her why she wants to work in midwifery and women's health because it's "gross". But, she worked in the ICU right out of undergrad and she saw so many deaths...so, she needed a change. Now she helps bring life.
Side Note: At this point a woman walked by with her daughter in a stroller. Her daughter was babbling and bouncing and the mom apologized and said her daughter was "cupcake wasted". Miranda and I shared a good laugh.
"It takes a special person to be a nurse, and if you don't love it, you need to get out of it." When applying to the nursing program, she was asked why she wanted to do it. She feels like everyone that gets into the program has an inspiring story. Here's hers: While in high school, Miranda was in a car accident where she was hit head-on. She doesn't remember much from the initial impact, just that people were running out of ihop to help. She suffered burns on her forearms from the airbags, she fractured her top row of teeth, broke her left wrist and tore the ligaments and slammed her knee against the dashboard. Miranda thinks this experience made her want to go into nursing. She wanted to be able to help people the way they helped her.
Besides studying, Miranda enjoys hi-liter fights with her boyfriend, spending time with her long-haired Chihuahua or cat (that she swears is feral), and performing Irish dance. She's not Irish. It started because a friend suggested they try it together and she ended up continuing for years. She's even picked it up again now that she's here in St. Louis.
Will She Stay in St. Louis: Probably. She has to choose a state to take her nursing boards. She's pretty serious with her boyfriend who lives here, but not sure if they'll stay.
How Did She Hear About Free Coffee with Aubrey: Through Ryan from Coffee #12
St. Louis Likes: The heat, and she's met a lot of other transplants and everyone has been very friendly.
St. Louis Dis-likes: Humidity.
Tattoos: "Trust in The Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding" on her ribcage