By Troy Wilde
Updated May 25, 2017
Tempe, AZ – Miranda Contreras is planning on a career involving flight and helping people whose lives are at stake.
Miranda, a graduate of Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation says she hopes to work as a flight nurse, “I eventually would like to be a flight nurse for emergency and trauma. That’s my main area of interest in nursing. It’s really exciting and very fast-paced – I like to stay busy and keep things going. I don’t like to sit around.”
Reflecting on college, Miranda says becoming a nurse had its challenges, “Yes it was very rigorous and very competitive. You had to be really disciplined and really want to do it because it is so competitive. I worked really hard and always had the support of my scholarship adviser and the advisers at ASU, and my family helped me stay strong and push through, and I made it.
Miranda was born in Chandler and raised in Coolidge where she graduated from Coolidge High School. She earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona which provides students with specialized mentoring services and up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses.
Miranda says her Success Adviser (mentor) Barbra Scrivner, and previous advisers, made the road through college a little less bumpy, “Yes if it wasn’t for the scholarship I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend ASU in the first place. With the scholarship, I was able to go directly to ASU and every time I struggled or was disappointed, or didn’t know if this was something I should really do, I always had the support of College Success. All of my advisers encouraged me and gave me all of the resources they could offer to help me get through the struggles.”
Miranda says attending college has matured the person who came from Coolidge:
“It was a culture shock for me coming to ASU and the downtown Phoenix campus. I had to open my mind and really mature and realize that if I was going to get this done, it had to come from me. My public speaking is also much better and I’m more comfortable in professional settings.”
Miranda says her biggest challenge was that high school did not properly prepare her for college, “I didn’t know how to study. I didn’t know there are things called test-taking strategies, so I had to work to overcome all of these things that I was not prepared for at my high school.”
Middle and high school students in Coolidge and elsewhere who are looking at their own road to college may find Miranda’s advice helpful, “Do as much as you can to gain access to go directly to university no matter how hard financially and academically it may seem, you can get through it. Just do it, even if you’re scared, just do it – jump in with both feet and get it done because it’s a huge life-changer.
Beyond the books, Miranda has a lifelong interest in athletics, “I play softball, soccer, and swim in my free time. I also run every day and kind of lift weights too – to help with the stress I had in school.”
Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page. Your support can help change lives.