Hello there! My name is Karina Rodriguez, I’m a new mom and I’m studying full-time at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Having a newborn while in school is a new and difficult challenge but nonetheless an exciting one! At this time, I’m taking the prerequisites courses needed to apply for the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. I will enroll for the BSN program next spring. I want to earn a BSN degree to become a Register Nurse (RN). I love the idea of educating and providing care. Nursing has both of these aspects and therefore the reason I’m drawn to this profession. I want to be able to not only care for my patients but also to educate them and their families. My plan is to work as a RN first and gain clinical experience before going to graduate school for nursing.