- While a teenager, Frank Baez started working as a janitor at Langone Tisch Hospital
- In a remarkable sequence of events, Baez has now graduated from the same institution with a nursing degree
- Baez expressed his joy and recalled how he could barely speak a word of English at the age of 15 when he moved to the USA
During his teenage years, Frank Baez worked as a janitor at the Langone Tisch Hospital, which fell under New York University in the USA.
In that time, Baez cleaned patient rooms and bathrooms, but he longed to do more.
After a remarkable sequence of events, the 29-year-old has now graduated from the very same university with a degree in nursing.
Baez was beaming with pride at his graduation ceremony and recalls how challenging life was when his family first moved to America.
ABC news reported that Baez could hardly speak English at the age of 15 when his family moved from the Dominican Republic.
After his initial stint as caretaker, Baez applied to work as a patient transporter and this was his first hands-on role with patients.
He was forced to leave his job to complete his degree at a college close by, but eventually returned to New York University.
Baez enrolled into an accelerated program, which enabled him to graduate within a mere 15 months.
The university’s director of simulation learning, Natalya Pasklinsky, recalled how impressive Baez was while he worked as a janitor.
Pasklinsky worked as a nurse during those years and she also revealed how well Baez has done as he has passed with “flying colours.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the secret to Baez’s success lies in hard work and determination.
He said, "I was never an A student. I just studied a lot and worked a lot. What I did was, I never gave up."
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