HALLEY FRIEDEMAN | BARCS
A Nebraskan native, Halley came to Baltimore for work experience at top-notch hospitals to prepare for a career in international healthcare. Halley is passionate about healthful living, cohesive communities, collaborative and ethical conduct, and individual growth and productivity.
Email Halley: hfriedem[at]gmail[dot]com
How interesting!: The highest elevation that Halley has reached while mountain climbing is 14,270 feet!
What brought you to Baltimore?
I graduated nursing school in 2011 and moved to Baltimore shortly thereafter. I decided to move to Baltimore for my first job because it was a new adventure away from my home in the Midwest; I knew I would learn a lot working as a nurse. Baltimore was in stark contrast to the population I was working with back home; I was yearning to get out of my comfort zone so that I could best prepare myself to work as an international nurse. In addition, Johns Hopkins offers a great graduate program for nurses desiring to work internationally. There is great diversity in this city and the city itself faces many challenges in delivering healthcare to some populations. I wanted to take what I learned about those barriers and apply it to similar situations across the globe.
What’s your connection to Baltimore?
When I started graduate school, I realized how dog-friendly our city is, so I decided to get a dog—it was the best decision of my life! There are so many great humans who have dogs in the community. The city homes a lot of homeless dogs in the local shelters. I found my pup, Koko, at BARCS. They have great resources for those who are looking for a furry friend. They do a lot of events with the community and support local efforts to brighten Baltimore.
I also really enjoy the local business efforts helping keep things green including Mr. Trash Wheel, Green Leaders, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and many more. Also, the Baltimore social sports scene is super fun in this city! I’ve played softball, broomball, and sand volleyball with various teams over the years. You can always make an excuse to get outside with your friends.
What do you like about Baltimore?
I love that Baltimore has so much potential for city growth. It is small enough to network and create connections through individuals that are driven by the same things as you are, no matter what that may be.
Although a lot of my identity and perception of Baltimore is wrapped around my career as a nurse, I’ve mostly grown to love the city over the years through all the wonderful people I’ve met. Baltimore is an eclectic hub for all different kinds of folks. I am a hiker and biker and have found many like-minded individuals who like to carpool and explore a lot of the fun places around the city. Being so close to the Appalachian Trail has been great because it’s easy to escape the hustle and the bustle. However, I’ve also found that there are a lot of hidden green spaces in the city itself. Patterson Park, Druid Hill, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoir, Susquehanna, Gunpowder, Fallsway and Baltimore-Annapolis biking trails, and Stony Run are just a few of the many places you can adventure to, all within an hour of Baltimore.
I’ve even found small ways in which I can help green-up the city in my own little way. For example, I’ve worked with The Audubon Society and Herring Run Nursery to create a bird and butterfly container in front of my house in Butchers Hill. There are many organizations that are working hard to improve the environment for the residents.
New Baltimoreans should definitely check out:
BARCS: BARCS spreads positivity to the community through furry friends. I like to support businesses that collaborate with the community and support their efforts.