When Alejandra Salinas was young, she did not see a lot of nurses who looked like her. During high school, she made a commitment to herself to pursue that career and help her Hispanic community.
Salinas will earn a bachelor's degree in nursing in December, and be the first in her family to earn a college degree. As the oldest of three children, much of Salinas's childhood was spent translating English to Spanish for her parents.
"My parents do not speak much English, so when they've had appointments, I've translated for them," Salinas said. "I also want to help my Hispanic community and give back to them."