Following the Nursing Path
Celia is finally able to focus on herself and her dreams after a long and difficult journey. Born in Brazil, she had always dreamed of working in healthcare because of her passion to help others. But after her parents divorced when she was eight, her mother worked two jobs and sent Celia to live with her grandmother and then her aunt. After her grandmother’s stroke, Celia was asked to take care of her and had to drop out of high school to do so.
After moving to the US with her mother in 1989, Celia began working in a restaurant and got married at age twenty-one. After the birth of her two children, one prematurely, her focus shifted to taking care of her own children. In 2002, she was able to take her first step in her education, by attending an adult education center in Somerville. While working toward her GED, she enrolled in a course of study and earned her certificate as a nursing assistant.
In 2005 she received her GED but was again set back by a painful divorce. She had to, once again, put her dream on hold to support her children as a single mother. During this time, she sought solace in her faith and found a way to help others by studying to become a youth leader at her church.
Finally, in 2013, Celia was able to continue her dream and entered the Bridge Program to work on her skills before continuing on to college. She graduated in 2014 and will pursue her LPN (License Practical Nurse) certificate with an eye to becoming a Registered Nurse soon after.