Angelica Vera advises Latina women to ‘break the chains’ in Truckee
TRUCKEE – Twenty-seven-year-old Truckee High School alumnus, Angelica Vera is slated to graduate from the Sierra College, Rocklin campus with an Associate’s degree in Nursing in May.
Vera earned one of the 30 spots in the program out of a pool of 429 applicants after completing her A.A. degree at the Tahoe-Truckee Campus of Sierra College. Her interest in education came later than some, but her perseverance has paid off.
Vera said of high school, “I skated by with Ds and Cs and didn’t know what I wanted to do.” But after giving birth to her daughter, Apple, everything changed.
“I was scared. I grew up with a single mom, and she had to work two-three jobs to keep us afloat. It was so hard for her.” Vera knew she needed to make a decision. “I could give up and get by, or I could push further.” She noted many Mexican-American girls think they have very few options.
Thankfully, Angie was particularly touched by the care she received from her nurses at Tahoe Forest Hospital, and it inspired her to try college. Her first class was Death and Dying with Dr. Kim Bateman at the Tahoe-Truckee Campus of Sierra College. She said, “I was kind of on the fence about whether or not I could do it, but the personalized atmosphere and down-to-earth teachers helped me see that I could succeed.”
She credits hard work and all the support she received from the Truckee community and is particularly thankful to her mother, “who’s my backbone,” friends and co-workers at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
Vera hopes her accomplishments inspire other Latina women to “break the chains and make a choice for themselves.” Vera is the first in her family to graduate from college, and she is pleased to be setting a good example for her own daughter. “Being a good role model is more important to me than the degree.” Her advice is to make a plan and don’t give up.
“If you aim for the moon, even if you miss and land on a star, you’re still off the ground,” she said with a smile. When asked what she would do next, she reported that she plans to specialize in OB/GYN nursing and eventually earn an advanced degree.
– Submitted to the Sun