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”It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it through the nursing program, but I welcome challenge. I know in July it will all be worth it and will pay off in the end.”
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Aspirations: To become a nurse in the Labor & Delivery Department
When Grazielle Lopez had her first child at the age of 15, she knew she would have to put off going to college. She says she still went to school, still went to work – “certain things that make my kids proud,” but her dream of becoming a nurse was put on hold.
Today Grazielle is the mother of four, has 12 years of work experience under her belt, and is enrolled in MassBay’s LPN program, pursuing the same dream she has had since she was a young child: becoming a registered nurse.
Immigrating to America from her native Brazil, Grazielle is the first in her family to graduate high school and the first to attend College. “I wanted something my kids could be proud of,” she says. “(Nursing) is what I was originally going to sign up for out of high school, and years later – it’s never too late. I still pursued what I wanted to do.”
Twenty-five years ago, Grazielle’s parents moved the family to the United States, telling her and her sister and brother that “America is the place where all your dreams can come true.” After graduating from Framingham High School in 1998, however, Grazielle knew she had to “concentrate on making money,” largely because of her need to support her son, Christian, who was three at the time. Over the years she held several different jobs, including being an executive assistant where she supported 10 Assistant Vice Presidents in the private sector. “I was trying to make something of myself so my kids would have a better future,” she says.
Still, her jobs were leaving her feeling unfulfilled, and so Grazielle decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Nursing was a natural choice for Grazielle, who is now married with four children. “I want to be able to make a difference in somebody else’s life and to take care of them. I’ve always enjoyed taking care of people and providing them with love and care.”
She came to MassBay in 2010, and is on track to be “pinned” with her classmates in the LPN program this July.
“It’s insanity,” she says about the Nursing program. “Nothing is easy about it. I don’t think people realize how hard it is until they’re in it. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it through the nursing program, but I welcome challenge. I know in July it will all be worth it and will pay off in the end.”