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Student Spotlight: Incoming college freshman begins his dream of a career in healthcare

College Possible student Bryan

When Bryan graduated from Chicago’s Amundsen High School in spring of 2021, he knew he was one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a registered nurse. With the start of first semester at Malcolm X College in fall 2021, he is now working to make his dream a reality.

For Bryan, a career in healthcare is a way to improve the lives of others and make a positive impact on his community. As a Latino first-generation college student, he also sees himself as setting an example for other young people like him.

“Being a male and Latino in healthcare is uncommon. Accomplishing my goal would allow me to be a great influence for minorities who also aspire to be in the healthcare field,” said Bryan.

While in high school, Bryan completed the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which helped him build the communication and leadership skills he will need in his future career. In the summer of 2021, Bryan had the opportunity to put his knowledge and interests into practice through a six-week internship with Lurie Children’s Hospital. “I treasure this internship experience because it gave me the chance to make connections, learn about the healthcare field, build professional skills and even suture!” said Bryan.

Now, as a freshman in college, Bryan is continuing to develop his skills and enroll in classes that will prepare him for a future career as a registered nurse. “I’m looking for opportunities to build my resume so that I can become a strong, well-informed healthcare leader, and make a positive impact on my community,” said Bryan.

Though Bryan is working diligently to achieve his goals, the freshman year of college can be a particularly challenging time, especially for first-generation college students like himself. Thanks to a new scholarship opportunity made possible by Hope Chicago, Bryan will not be left to navigate this process on his own. As a member of Hope Chicago’s inaugural cohort of scholars, Bryan will receive a generous scholarship and stipend, as well as ongoing coaching and support from College Possible to help him earn his degree.

Through College Possible’s unique partnership with Hope Chicago, Bryan will receive individualized mentorship and guidance from a near-peer coach, who will support him from his freshman year all the way to college graduation – ultimately helping him fulfill his dream of becoming a registered nurse.


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