& # 39; I never gave up & # 39 ;: Male, 29, graduates of nursing degrees at the same New York University where he started as a janitor ten years ago
- Frank Baez, 29, has a degree from the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- As a teenager he worked as a caretaker at the university to support his family who had emigrated from the Dominican Republic
- Baez says he didn't speak much English at the time, but he soon became intrigued by the nursing profession
- He is the first person in his family to graduate and has plans to become an IC nurse
A man who once worked as a caretaker at New York University graduated from college in an inspiring story of success in the face of adversity.
Frank Baez, 29, received his diploma from the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing last Friday, after completing an accelerated program with which he graduated in just 15 months.
The new nurse was first associated with the university in 2009 when he assumed a position for cleaning bathrooms and mopping corridors at NYU Lagone Tisch Hospital.
Frank Baez, 29, received his degree from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing last Friday, after completing an accelerated program that allowed him to graduate in just 15 months.
Baez emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was 15 years old, and he told ABC that he applied for the cleaning work to support his family.
He says he could barely speak English at the time, but he soon became intrigued by the nursing profession while working in the hospital.
& # 39; When I was working with the nurses, I realized that I wanted to be one of them & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; I have learned how much they advocate for their patients and the passion they have for their work. & # 39;
After a stint study at Hunter College, Baez returned to NYU to complete his university education.
& # 39; I just studied a lot and worked a lot, & # 39; the graduate established records.
& # 39; I felt that I wanted to do something more for myself, that I deserved better, that I wanted to keep going and grow and continue my life. What I did was never give up. & # 39;
Baez emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States as a teenager. He is depicted on his high school graduation on the left, and of his graduation on the right
A university director told ABC that she is overwhelmed by the academic capacities of both Baez and his nursing talent
A university director told ABC that she is overwhelmed by the academic capacities of both Baez and his nursing talent.
& # 39; Our program is extremely rigorous [s], he not only made the program, but barely got through it. He flew through it with flying colors, & # 39; explained Natalya Pasklinsky.
& # 39; The way he treated patients showed me a lot of compassion. In my mind, he is a star, & she said.
Baez is the first person in his family to graduate from college and he says he now has plans to become a nurse in intensive care.
Baez is the first person in his family, and he was pictured at Friday's graduation ceremony with his very proud mother – with whom he emigrated to the US
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