Profiles in Student Success

It’s family that drives Triton College student Esmeralda Rivera to pursue an education in nursing. With a brother who is autistic and a father diagnosed with diabetes, Rivera is working hard to earn her degree for gainful employment and to provide adequate care for her family. Plus, as a first-generation student, she’s accomplishing great feats her family is proud of.

Rivera began her quest for success at Triton College two years ago, as a work-study student serving as a clerk assistant for the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). She enjoyed working with the group and received some sound advice that would encourage her to take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to her at Triton. “People involved in Triton’s work-study really welcomed me into the program,” she said. “They gave me a lot of advice about my career and life.”

She would then go on to earn her certificate in Triton’s Certified Nursing Assistant program, where she was honored for her strong academic performance. Rivera is planning to continue her education, after being recently accepted into Triton’s nursing program. “I feel I have changed so much,” she said, describing herself as shy and passive upon first attending Triton. She now feels more confident. “I’m not afraid to do anything anymore. I’m going to get as far as I can in my education because I know how important it is for my future.”


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