Man graduates with nursing degree from same university where he started as a janitor

Frank Baez was just a teenager when he began working in New York University's Langone Tisch Hospital.Originally from the Dominican Republic, Frank moved to New York with his mother at the age of 15. Despite initially struggling with English, he took on the job as a janitor at Langone Tisch support his family.While working at the hospital, Frank sparked a passion for the medical field. Eventually Frank transitioned to a role as a patient transporter, intrigued by the dedication of the nurses around him. "While working with the nurses, I realized I wanted to be one of them. I learned how much they advocate for their patients and the passion they have for their job," he said.Frank then went on to complete his bachelor's degree at Hunter College, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.But his heart remained with New York University. Before long, Frank was back within the university's halls studying for a degree in nursing on an accelerated programme.Now, as a nursing graduate, Frank has been reflecting on the obstacles he's overcome and his personal growth over the years."I was never an A student. I just studied a lot and worked a lot," he said. "Of course there were times I doubted myself, but then I felt that I wanted to do something more for myself, that I deserved better, that I wanted to continue to move forward and grow and go on with my life."

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