UCLA, Class of 2013 Graduated from Nursing at UCLA, 2017 Pediatric Oncology Nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Woodside High School 2009
"There are two types of people in this world: those who throw in the towel and those who hang on and rise above.”
Vanessa Torres worked 15 hours a week while at Woodside High School and still graduated with a 3.92 GPA. Her philosophy was there are “two types of people in this world: those who throw in the towel and those who hang on and rise above.” Vanessa’s hard work and positive outlook landed her at UCLA where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Chicano Studies. After graduation while working for Stanford in one of their cancer labs, Vanessa was accepted to UCLA’s nursing school – she wrote to POE and said “it’s pretty awesome! This program is all that I have wanted since I even started thinking about nursing (when I was an itty bitty freshman) so to be able to share this news with you feels beyond amazing! Thank you for being a great mentor and all of POE for helping me out in my journey. I am really grateful to have been a part of POE as they have helped me grow and reach my dreams. It's awesome to see other students in the program graduate and succeed through this mentorship and scholarship program. I look forward to being involved with POE again in the future."