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A NINETEEN YEAR OLD'S JOURNEY TO SUCCESS!

Determined to Succeed

August 2017, Leticia Sarazua


Cap and Gown grad pic.My name is Leticia Sarazua. I am nineteen years old and I am currently a registered nurse employed through Essentia Health. In addition to that, I have a three-year-old son. In 2016, I graduated high school and I graduated from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College with my associate of arts degree with high honors. In 2017, I graduated with my associate of science degree in nursing and was a part of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. I received an award for service to the college, service to the community, high academic excellence, and a scholarship from the AICF. 


One might be curious as to how one can be a registered nurse at nineteen. My journey to become a nurse began when I was a junior in high school. I was a full time PSEO student, meaning I attended college and received college credit while still being in high school. I took nineteen credit semesters to fit in my credits that were required to graduate high school and the others towards my nursing degree. It was quite the workload, but I did it. I also took classes over summer that had to be paid for out of pocket because I didn't qualify for financial aid as I was still considered a PSEO student and an upcoming senior in high school. The Office of Job Training and Clare Balow not only made it possible for me to attend summer classes, but also supplied me with resources, if I would need them. This program was very beneficial and I'm so glad I could participate in it. I would be lying if I said it was an easy thing to accomplish but I couldn't have done it without the help of my family, friends, and the Office of Job Training.

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, a Minnesota WorkForce Center partner.