Zorica Bruic


Height: 6’0
Hometown: Windsor, ON
Languages: English, Serbian
Occupation: Student at University of Windsor (Nursing)

Zorica Bruic was born in the diverse and colourful “City of Roses”, Windsor, Ontario Canada. She is currently a student going into her third year of the Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of Windsor. Zorica also plans to complete her minor in Psychology this fall. Zorica is determined to use her education and skills to pursue a career as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. During her journey, she has become fascinated with this field, fueling her passion to care for others. As a nursing student, Zorica has had the gratifying opportunity to change lives by advocating for her clients and providing stellar patient care.Zorica is a member of The Golden Key International Honours Society and balances her studies with volunteering in a local long-term care facility and assisting those with dementia with their daily tasks. She has also volunteered with Golden Key at the Downtown Mission and has been a member of various University of Windsor clubs such as Enactus and the Connecting4Success Mentorship Program highlighting her leadership qualities and community engagement.Zorica has been greatly influenced by writer, “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” because of her passionate views on social issues facing society today. Zorica believes her activism and her success as an influential female author is inspirational. It has served as a catalyst in helping shape Zorica’s own message of eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Zorica is bilingual and very proud of her Canadian-Serbian culture and heritage. She can be described as independent, strong, witty and kind. She enjoys working out and strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle as she would like to set a positive example for her future clients. Some of Zorica’s favourite hobbies include attending concerts and traveling. In 2015, Zorica spent three months working and living in Los Angeles, California and said, “California was life changing. The experience afforded me the privilege of meeting many inspiring people. It helped me grow as a person by giving me the confidence to embrace new experiences such as this pageant.”

Zorica’s ambitions also include spending a semester studying in Sweden to broaden her skill set by learning how nursing differs in other countries and applying that knowledge to her practice. She will also take that opportunity to travel across Europe where a large part of her family resides.

She says, “My career goal is to be in a position where I have the education and resources to help those who are struggling to find hope.” Zorica hopes this pageant will help further her platform and message on a larger scale while reinforcing her goal to embrace new opportunities and experiences.

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Q&A

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Some of my interests include the study of psychology, neuropsychology, medical sciences, and women’s studies. Also, I really enjoy attending concerts, music festivals, working out regularly, travelling and experiencing other cultures, listening to TED talks, and dancing.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.) 

First Aid & CPR Certified

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

Basketball and Track & Field

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?

In addition to my parents, my Aunt has had the most influence on my life. Like so many others, being the first one of her family to immigrate to Canada and successfully integrate into the culture, not knowing any English and forging a new life by working two jobs to support her family and being a breast cancer survivor only begins to describe all that she has endured and the sacrifices she has made throughout her life. After the many obstacles she has overcome, the positivity and strength that she continually personifies every day is truly inspiring. I have always known her to be an independent, loving, selfless, hard-working, and resilient woman. She has always been a source of unconditional love and support for our family. Her generosity and dependability exemplifies how devoted she is to her family and friends. She has set a positive example for me as woman, throughout my life and continues to empower and inspire me.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?

My proudest personal accomplishment is the academic excellence I have maintained and continue to strive for throughout my educational career. My strong work ethic has also awarded me the honor of being on the Dean’s List and a proud member of the Golden Key International Honours Society.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?

At the age of 8 I survived Salmonella poisoning while visiting family in Europe. I was hospitalized for 10 days and placed on IV fluids due to severe dehydration.

I was very thankful to have my dad there with me everyday; however, it was difficult throughout the night as only mothers were allowed to stay after hours. Sadly, my mom was still enroute and unable to be with us immediately during this time. Due to the hospital’s rules, I wasn’t able to have any other visitors and only able to wave to my brother through a glass window due to the contagious nature of my illness. Needless to say, it was a frightening experience and one I have never forgotten. After this experience, I began to appreciate even more, at a young age, what it meant to be healthy and how important the love and support of my family was to have.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal? 

My career goal is to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to educate the public on the complexity of mental health conditions in hopes to eradicate the current stigma that society faces today.

To accomplish this goal, I am currently enrolled in my third year of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program at the University of Windsor. Additionally, this upcoming fall I will have completed my minor in psychology. After graduation, my plan is work as a Mental Health Nurse in order to gain valuable experience, then to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specializing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job in life would be to be the Editor in Chief of Vogue Magazine like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada!

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was raised in Windsor, Ontario; my childhood was always filled with fun, love and support from my parents. My brother and I were very fortunate by having the opportunity to travel to Europe many times to see our Grandparents and extended family! During this time, we were able to visit and experience many beautiful countries and their cultures! We also visited the exotic and very beautiful island of Barbados! I feel like these experiences helped cultivate my appreciation for many unique ethnicities and their diversity. This has empowered me with the ability to view the world with a greater perspective and has helped deeply enrich my life.

List any volunteering you have done.

Volunteering with The Golden Key International Honors Society – volunteering at The Downtown Mission of Windsor, Raising money for Spark-A-Change.

Volunteering with Enactus University of Windsor Chapter – The Salvation Army assisting with the soup kitchen, Enactus WeThrive.

University of Windsor Connecting-4-Success Mentorship program.

Schlegel Villages – volunteering with dementia patients and assisting them with their daily activities.

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?

The most interesting place I have been to is Barbados mainly because of the way people live. While I was there, I witnessed the genuine kindness and respect the citizens of Barbados have for each other. An interesting fun fact in Barbados, is they are continuously honking their horns while driving. When we first got there we didn’t understand why they did that so much and found out it is a way of saying hello to their neighbors and friends. Barbadians are a very relaxed and happy people. While driving, they will stop and pick up total strangers waiting at bus stops or walking and drive them to their destinations just because. It seemed like they had a true appreciation for the important things in life, helping their families, friends and neighbours all while living in this very exotic and beautiful country. I know I would also be happy and relaxed if I lived there!!

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

In ten years, along with accomplishing my educational and career goals I hope to travel across Europe and South America, embracing new cultures, views, and ways of life. I hope to have a better appreciation of the diverse world we live in, and learn from my past experiences in order to work towards living a rich and fulfilling life.

Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

I would like to add the influence that my culture has had on the person that I am today. At a young age, I was taught the value of family, caring for your friends and neighbors, treating others with kindness and respect, supporting those in your community, the importance of hard work, to be true to who I am and to always carry myself with pride and dignity. I am grateful to have had these values and beliefs instilled in me as I feel they will follow me throughout my life and assist me in achieving my goals.

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