As many know, UP is full of unique and untold student stories. Victor Rodriguez Valdovinos ’20 is a junior nursing student who has found his home here on The Bluff. Although his hometown is close by in Aloha, Oregon, Victor has fully embraced the college experience here at UP.
Victor’s mindset changed quite drastically since deciding to study at UP. He originally thought of college as something to accomplish, cross off the list, and move on to the next stepping stone.
“Being a first-generation college student, I had not grown up with the talk of college surrounding me,” Victor said. “My peers were not interested or planning on attending college…everyone was doing their thing and I did mine.”
When first arriving at UP, Victor found many resources around campus that encouraged him to get involved. Going into college, he had no idea he would end up studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, become a community assistant in his dorm, and be an RA on campus.
Victor’s number one piece of advice for future nursing students (and UP students in general) is to take advantage of the study abroad program.
Victor said that “many nursing schools do not accommodate students who wish to study abroad,” making UP’s nursing program especially unique.
“Ever since coming to UP and feeling more comfortable with myself, I am able to ask questions and get to know so many different kinds of people I would otherwise not know,” Victor said.
Victor decided he wanted to become a nurse when he was in the hospital for a back injury in high school and had a poor experience with several nurses.
“It made me realize I wanted to be a nurse who is comforting and helpful for others, especially in times of need,” Victor said.
His utter passion for helping others has been the ultimate driver in his choice of career path.
The University staff, School of Nursing faculty, and the School of Nursing mentor program have made up a huge portion of Victor’s support system here at UP.
“My professors genuinely care and understand the amount of work involved with nursing school,” Victor said.
Victor has grown as a person, both in and out of the classroom. He has made sure to be a part of the greater community and hopes to encourage students to consider the path of higher education.
His goal is to spread the message that it is important not to be scared away by the price tag of college, as there are so many scholarship opportunities and options available. At UP, Victor is looking forward to the growth of diversity on campus and cannot wait to see where that takes the university in the future.