- A young man identified as Frank Baez has made himself and parents proud after graduating as a nurse from the same university he had worked in as a cleaner
- Baez was a teenager when he started working as a cleaner at New York University's Langone Tisch Hospital
- On 14 October, at 29, he graduated from the same university as a nurse
All dreams are valid and if every dreamer works hard enough, they can make them come true. A 29-year-old Frank Baez has achieved his goal to graduate as a nurse from the same university's teaching hospital where he had worked as a cleaner since he was a teenager.
Baez, who graduated as a nurse on 14 October, shared his story with ABC News and revealed that he could barely speak English when he moved to the United States with his mum from the Dominican Republic.
He started working at New York University's Langone Tisch Hospital as a cleaner.
"I could barely speak English at the time when I started working at NYU," said Baez.
Baez said he always watched the nurses and longed to be like them. He then applied as a patient transporter, taking patients to and from their rooms for surgeries and tests, a promotion from his former job of cleaning patients' rooms, bathrooms and hallways.
He however later left the job and decided to get a bachelor's degree from Hunter College, thus becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college.
Baez said he wanted to go back to where he started and returned to work at NYU, and it was there nurses advised him to go and apply for NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. ABC reports that he entered an accelerated programme that allowed him to graduate with a nursing degree in just 15 months. After that, he graduated as a nurse.
Baez has already set his next goal of becoming a critical care nurse in an intensive care unit.
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