Growing up in the small town of Douglas, Arizona located on the border of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, Yasmine Flores’ heart has always been in helping people, and through her academic strengths, she got into the University of Arizona’s nursing program. Not only is the program highly competitive, but Yasmine was one of the few to receive a direct admit opportunity.
During her first two years at UArizona, Yasmine was challenged. On top of taking a science-heavy course load, she was away from home for the first time and was a first-generation student trying to navigate the college system. Thankfully, she comes from a strong family of support and love, and a community that is rooting for her.
Thanks to her support system and motivation, she did not allow any barrier to get in the way of her goals, and that shows with her impressive 3.8-grade point average (GPA). While the years were tough at first, Yasmine’s self-confidence grew immensely during her first two years in college. She has consistently been at the top of her game both academically and in her co-curricular involvement with the Take Charge Cats, where she helps run financial literacy workshops for her peers and students in the surrounding communities.
Yasmine is now in her junior year and has fully begun her nursing program. While it’s not what she expected because of the pandemic, she credits her experience with the Arizona Nursing Inclusive Excellence (ANIE) scholars project with helping her come into the program prepared. ANIE was designed to improve diversity and inclusion in Arizona’s nursing workforce to improve patients’ healthcare experiences.
So far, this semester has had its ups and downs, and at times there have been stressful assignment sand exams. However, she remains relentless and possesses a true grit that helps push her forward in the face of adversity. Upon completion of the nursing program, Yasmine hopes to travel and help others with care and compassion. She is set to graduate in May 2022.