Phoenix, AZ – Tatianna Alvarado is nineteen years old and well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a registered nurse.
Tatianna is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation with a goal of becoming an obstetric or pediatric nurse, “I’ve always been intrigued with the body. My anatomy teacher was great and she made things interesting, and I wanted to learn more, and I always knew I wanted to help people.”
She says the academics of nursing are difficult, “The course is very hard and the body is very complex. Just adding diseases on that and how those work, and the symptoms and signs and what you have to look for – it makes it even harder.”
Tatianna says that working children is also driving her passion to be a nurse, “I did over five-hundred hours of community service during my high school career and it was mostly working with children. I worked with children at the library and then at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, and that’s when I started wanting to work with kids.”
Tatianna was born and raised in Mesa and graduated from Westwood High School. She earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. The Phoenix-based educational nonprofit also provides specialized mentoring services through “Success Advisers” or mentors, who work with the students to help them overcome personal and academic struggles.
Like many of the scholarship students, Tatianna says the financial support has been a huge help. “Oh yeah it’s helped me so much. I’m actually awarded through College Success Arizona and specifically the Diamondbacks. So going into college I thought, ‘I’m not going to really make it.’ I had to apply to all of these scholarships and I was being let down and all of a sudden College Success Arizona came to me. With their connections and everything it’s gotten me to network more and they also help me mentally and emotionally when it comes to those events they hold too. They care about your education but they also care more about your well-being, and that’s what I love about this too.”
Tatianna says her Success Adviser, Barbra Scrivner, is providing guidance and friendship:
“She is a really close person who has really helped me through a lot, and she knows things that no one else really knows because I feel I can open up to her. She’s there for your emotional well-being and that’s what I love about her, because she cares about what you are doing and how you are making an impact in life, and how you want your life to be.”
Tatianna is passionate about her education but says being away from family is hard, “I’m very close with my family and I live in the dorm, and I have a really busy schedule. So what was hard for me and still is, is not being able to see family. But I still make those connections by checking up on them by phone, or text or Facebook. “
She adds that attending college has had a maturing effect, “In high school it’s more like your parents get you up, and they make the food and they decide what you are going to eat that day, and just decide many things. In college when you’re away all of the decisions are up to you and you basically find that you don’t have someone to decide for you, so you have to mature in that way and start making decisions.”
Tatianna encourages students in middle and high school to chase their college and career dreams, “Don’t have limits and don’t set yourself on one thing. There’s many opportunities out there and if you try different things you will realize what you like, or don’t like, based on your own perspective and not on what other people think.”