February 2008  
Susan Broderick

Director Student Health Services

AA - De Anza College

BA - San Jose State University

ADN - Santa Barbara City College

Interview with Susan Broderick :

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?

From the words of Richard Carlson: “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”


What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?

I was an operating room nurse.  On my last day on the job as an OR nurse I held the heart of a 30 year old man in my hands doing open heart massage.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?

Our students.  They teach me tenacity every day.  I am often in awe of what our students are dealing with in their lives while they are committed to obtaining their college education.  Working with them also teaches me to be calm and patient everyday.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?

While it may not be “a line” or excuse, my favorite thing I enjoy hearing from our students is “thank you”.

What are you reading now?

Blink by Malcom Gladwell and The Complete Guide to Creating Water Gardens, Ponds and Fountains by Kathleen Fischer.  I am planning the garden for my new home in North Carolina.  Our property has both a pond and beautiful wetlands.


What do you love about your job?

I have had the honor of living my dream job. I have also been able to implement all my visions for the program with the support of the students, faculty/staff and administration. 


What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?

My greatest professional accomplishment is taking a two person band aid station and developing it into a 20+ employee wellness center.

My greatest personal accomplishment is balancing my professional life while raising a talented and loving son, cultivating a 30 year marriage and enjoying my many hobbies, friends and passions.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

I am extremely shy. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A smile on the faces of people I love.


What historical figure would you most want to meet?

There are so may.  I would have to select two women from very different times but both with immense strength and compassion: Quan Yin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  As I am answering these questions, sipping tea, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from Eleanor: “A women is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water”.

What is your favorite place in the world?

My home. My most favorite places I’ve traveled: Costa Rica, Ireland and Thailand.

What is your personal motto?

Live each day with intention.