I was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas and when I was old enough to do so, I volunteered at the local hospital where I discovered my passion for nursing. After my first shift I told my mother, “I know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a nurse, care for sick babies, and work my way up to be a charge nurse.” I envisioned my future working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After high school, I moved to San Antonio and enrolled in the San Antonio College of Nursing. I was ecstatic, but also worried about being able to afford school, books, and my bills. I was also working full-time. A co-worker told me about Project QUEST and my life changed forever. The next two years were the hardest of my life, filled with sleepless nights, crying from being stressed out, and wanting to drop out. If not for my family, my faith, and my Project QUEST career advisor, I would not be where I am today. I graduated from nursing school in October 2014, accepted my first nursing job at University Health Systems (UHS) in November 2014, and learned that I passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on Thanksgiving Day. That was appropriate since I had so much to be thankful for. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a healthy baby leave the NICU when they had a 50% chance of survival upon their arrival. I’m making a difference and touching lives every day. My work is not just a job for me, it is my dream.