A five-year plan? Try more like a 50-year plan.
Marian University junior Jaime Faz has never just been focused on having his story be about just finding an occupation he’s passionate about, but also how he could make a difference afterward. That’s why, when you ask the Racine native what he intends to do after college, there’s always an “and” – become a nurse AND teach music when I’m done.
Marian University has an amazing collection of Nursing students, but this particular Sabre has become a well-known one because of his minors in Spanish and Music.
“I really just want to be able to help out the Latino community by being able to speak with them as a nurse and being able to serve as their advocate,” said Jaime, whose grandfather and parents came to the US from Mexico. “And, when I’m done, I’d love to be able to share my passion for music with others.”
With an older sister and younger brother, the thought of college was intimidating to Jamie early on, as only his uncle had ever pursued a college education – 15 years prior. Still, he wanted to be a doctor or surgeon and knew college was the only path to become one.
Then, as a student at William Horlick High School and a member of its choir, he earned his CNA and worked at a nursing home, discovering he was more passionate about helping others by caring for them than by giving them direct medical treatment.
“I’m thankful for all the opportunities and diversity I experienced in high school,” Jaime said. “I’ve lived my entire life in Racine, and I still find great things about it.”
But as the end of high school neared, Jaime knew he would need financial assistance. Without the help of a Wisconsin Tuition Grant and Marian University’s financial aid offerings, he’s unsure he could have ever started the journey become a first generation college graduate.
“No one in my family really knew how to file for FAFSA, apply for scholarships, or even enroll, so early on the idea of college was intimidating,” Jaime said. “But Marian has helped me a lot financially, getting me scholarships and grants, and without those I wouldn’t have been able to attend.”
And without Jaime Marian University also would be without one of its most notable resident assistants. In his second year, Jaime has utilized the role for career development and to make friends.
“It’s helped me grow professionally while opened my eyes to all the great people at this school,” Jaime said. “I’ve enjoyed being able to play a role in boosting morale and being there for others when they need it.”
And Jaime plans to be there for others well after graduation – aspiring to work as a nurse in Milwaukee, he then hopes to retire and become a music teacher in the area. But for now, he’s assisting his fellow Sabres and members of the Fond du Lac community, which all began with the hope of helping others and the financial assistance he needed to do it.