Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pursuing her passion … despite all odds.

Back in February of this year my blogger friend Syd posted an entry about a young lady who had a passion to become a registered nurse. She is 21 and you would think this a normal and reasonable dream. However, in her case it was anything but normal.

She was born into a poor family in a small town in Mexico where an ambition such as this is seldom fulfilled. When she was 9 she came to the United States and joined her family working in the fields of South Carolina picking tomatoes.

With sheer will and determination she changed from a young girl who spoke no English to a High School student graduating at the top of her class. This was in 2011 but she was unable to pursue a higher education because her citizenship status was still being processed. She didn’t sit still waiting for this to happen however. She worked in various jobs ( child care, housekeeping, elderly care) and her passion in nursing just got stronger until finally in October of 2013 she was granted citizenship.

She had saved what money she could but it still wasn’t enough for college so, not wanting to lose her dream, she posted a fund raiser on the internet. Because Syd knew her and her family I didn’t hesitate to send her a contribution and I am happy to say that Syd told me this week that she has started her clinical work and is doing great.

She could be an artist too judging by the lovely charcoal sketch that she sent to me as a “Thank You”. I am thrilled for her and if you want to know her whole story just click on here:






Blogger kenju said...

How wonderful for her, and how nice that you were able to help!

7:31 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Thanks for this nice, human interest story. Good luck to the young lady.

3:01 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Judy is just amazing. My wife and I call her our "adopted" daughter. She and her parents spent Thanksgiving with us last year. She is determined to make a good life for herself. Any little bit of a donation to her would be much appreciated. The cost of a semester in college is $5000. She has already been offered jobs as a CNA and she will have to work and go to school in order to afford classes. But she is going to make it. Thanks, Ginnie, for helping her. She truly is a wonderful person.

5:56 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Heart-warming story. Best of luck to the nurse and those who made her dream come true.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

What a sweet thing you did and what a sweet way she thanked you. I so admire those that don't let impossible stop them. What a lady.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Regenia said...

For me, in addition to being an inspiring story, it is also a sad commentary that she was working for pay at age 9!! I wonder how many hours she worked after school? And how many on weekends? Was she exposed to pesticides? I think of my own daughter at age 9 and am saddened.

5:27 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Excellent, excellent.
I am sure she will be whatever she wants to be. Good for her!
And thanks for your help!
This country needs kids like this that are willing to work for what they get, and keep on going!

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this American success story. I admire people like her, who do it the right way, and will check out your link. One of my good friends has a similar story. She earned her PhD here in the US after a childhood following the crops with her family.

11:40 AM  

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