M y name is Azeb Kidane. I come from Eritrea. I have 3 little boys. I have been living here since 2013. I got my diploma at Maihar Technical School in Eritrea where I studied Electronics. Currently I am a student at Carlos Rosario Public Charter School. I am taking the Nurse Aide Training class. My goal is to be a registered nurse and work at the hospital. I was inspired to be a Certified Nurse Assistant when I was 12 years old. My older sister and I suffered from a severe malaria infection. I stayed at the local hospital for 3 weeks and my sister, who was in worse condi- tion than I, was immediately referred to a large hospital in Azeb Kidane the city. I remember one night when I was alone because my father went to help my sister. The nurses stayed with me, helped me and treated me like part of their family. I hated the hospital smell and medi- cation, especially the injec- tions, but the nurses helped me go outside to get fresh air and encouraged me to take medica- tion and food. Finally, my sister and I recov- ered from our illness and survived. After this experience, I began to imagine myself as a nurse and help others who are not able to help themselves. When sick people are in the hospital, they feel lonely and hopeless. The nurses play a very big role for these patients, more than other hospital members, because nurses spend the most 51 time with them. Another inspi- ration for me was my brother who always encouraged me to be a nurse. As an anatomy teacher in a university, he really likes the field and he told me I can be a good nurse because I am a people person. My short term goal is to finish my Nurse Aide Train- ing successfully and work at the hospital for one year to get experience and explore the field. My long term goal is to get my associate degree to become a registered nurse and work at the hospital with elderly patients. Working with the elderly inter- ests me because they need to talk about their past and I am social and good listener. Step by step, I am working hard to achieve my goals.