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Yda Francesca Oliveros

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Bio

I'm a Filipino-American, full-time second-year college student at San Jose State University. I am a nursing student with a minor in business and I will also be the first in my family to attend college in the United States. I find great joy in helping people, and I find it an honor to be able to help those ill at their most vulnerable moments. To explore my major, I began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant when I graduated high school in 2022. From this experience, I have gained extensive hands-on experience working alongside a nurse and other healthcare professionals such as doctors. One of my passions is teaching, so I also work as a math tutor for underprivileged high school and college students. I hope to incorporate teaching students within my intended career because learning is a never-ending experience. I find great self-expression in creating resin jewelry. This hobby started in 2020 but has branched into my small business that has sold over 3k products across the U.S. My products now consist of handmade phone cases and ergonomic mask holders for healthcare workers that relieve pressure from the ears and face when wearing masks. I hope to relieve my educational career from great financial stress. If granted a scholarship, I plan to purposely apply it to my future endeavors as a nursing student and further graduate education as a nurse anesthetist.

Education

San Jose State University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Minors:
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other

Mt. Eden High

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • Psychology, General
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Public Health
    • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
    • Medicine
    • Health and Medical Administrative Services
    • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medical Devices

    • Dream career goals:

      Company Founder, Non-profit Leader, Senior Engineer, Creative Director

    • Certified Nursing Assistant

      Kaiser Permanente
      2023 – Present1 year
    • CNA

      St. Francis Healthcare
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Medical Shadowing

      2018 – Present6 years
    • Tutor

      Preeminent Learning Centers
      2018 – Present6 years

    Sports

    Basketball

    Intramural
    2014 – 20195 years

    Volleyball

    Intramural
    2017 – 20192 years

    Research

    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

      MISA — Intern
      2021 – Present

    Arts

    • Piano

      Music
      2008 – Present
    • My small business

      Jewelry
      2020 – Present
    • Mt. Eden Highschool Women's Chambers

      Choir
      2018 – 2020
    • Church

      Music
      2016 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Mount Eden Sports Medicine — President
      2020 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Assisted Living Care Home — Volunteer
      2017 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Math Honors Society — Secretary
      2020 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Interact — Hosting a fundraiser to aid children in Yemen and those affected by COVID-19 locally
      2020 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Analtha Parr Pell Memorial Scholarship
    It was the middle of my shift, and I was routinely rubbing cream on one of my patient’s wounds during my afternoon check-ins with my patients. As I was doing this, my patient started crying and speaking in a foreign language while grabbing my hand intently. She did not appear in pain or discomfort, but I paged the nurse to the room to address her concerns as he spoke her language. The nurse listened with a sincere smile and turned to me to translate that my patient appreciated how much love and support I gave her through the care I provided her. She continued to hold my hand while my eyes began to fill with tears. She even proceeded to call me her “Sweet Angel." Although, there was a great language barrier between my patient and me. A universal language we shared connected us and drove me to provide my patients with the best care possible; that language was love. Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant was something I wanted to pursue to prepare myself for the medical field and my intended major. The unexpected and heartfelt experiences I’ve gained and the diverse healthcare settings I’ve worked with have furthered my goal of continuing my healthcare career to become and nurse and pursue my passions within this occupation to spread love continually. There is beauty and honor in providing aid and nurturing strangers while seeing them in their most vulnerable moments. In this occupation, you’re contributing to humanity by advocating for a cause bigger than yourself and being the voice for those who don’t have one. This occupation fuels my inquisitive mind through the never-ending wonders of the human body and works as an outlet for me to express my compassion for the community in which I’ve grown up in. I grew up in the heart of Northern California, the Bay Area. The Bay Area is a culmination of different cities considered a melting pot of different cultures and people. However, it also has a wide range of health disparities that I want to target as a nurse with a public health degree as my minor. I strive to advocate for the mental and physical health of underrepresented communities I've experienced growing up. I’ve witnessed these communities and served in them primarily in Oakland, California, as a Direct Support Professional in a care home working closely with individuals with disabilities and mental illnesses. I am determined to continue my impact. Most importantly, I want to contribute to the diversity in the healthcare field. I want to provide acknowledgment and familiarity to individuals with the same identities as me, an androgynous Filipino-American woman living in the San Francisco Bay Area as a First Generation individual raised by immigrants. As I further my education in nursing, I hope to inspire others the way I’ve been influenced by community, family, and individuals within my healthcare experience so far.
    Next Young Leaders Program Scholarship
    Winner
    Many of our leadership experiences first begin in our families. I was blessed to be in the leadership position of being a younger sister to a brother with autism. Born ten years after he was, I never fully comprehended much of a difference between us. Growing up, I became more aware of his life compared to mine and, most of all, how the outside world viewed him. I then realized the life we lived as siblings and the vitality of being a leader in his life. Our mom and dad devoted much of their time teaching Mitchell simple tasks and motor skills while tending to his hyper-fixations. I followed in their footsteps and caught on to the importance of the balance of assertion and the value of support, leading me to be one of the most influential leaders in his life. I was a natural teacher and advocate, slowly becoming a leader and not even knowing it. Every time I lead my brother in tasks, from speaking in public to reminding him how to wash his hands, he taught me about compassion, patience, and advocacy- the foundation of what it means to be a leader. Every day as I lead my brother, he serves as a catalyst that shifted my viewpoint and shaped me to look further beneath the surface of an individual. Being a leader to Mitchell has taught me to show and treat others with the care and respect I want my brother to receive equally. I hold compassion in my heart and carry this trait as I take on other leadership positions as club officers, in medical internships, and in managing my small businesses. My brother lacked some motor skills that I possessed, and if I wasn't keeping composure helping him, frustration in both of us arises. When I think of the word patience, I think of those situations and hear my brother say, "Slow down, I'm almost there." To be a leader, you need to remember that it's not always about you. You're part of a team that moves up as one, and by putting yourself first, the wheels begin to fall off. One of the biggest lessons my brother has taught me was to stand up for what I believe. Talking to a friend, I opened up about Mitchell, and he decided to mock my brother ignorantly. He told me, living with him must be a burden and began to shake, speaking gibberish, deeming him inhumanely. In our society, what people haven't experienced firsthand becomes stigmatized, and the victims become dehumanized. As an advocate for my brother, I knew I had to help break the negative narrative and help increase the advocacy for the autistic community. I looked to social activism and began spreading awareness about the autism spectrum and slurs being used to disregard autism. By being a leader, you commit to standing up for your beliefs, being a voice for the unheard. There were times where I struggled with accepting Mitchell's situation. Now looking back, seeing my impact on him, he has equally helped me grow into a strong-willed woman filled with an openness to learn- the leader I am today. Through being amid countless health professionals in my brother's life, I strive to be a part of the numerous compassionate women of color leaving their marks on the world as leaders in healthcare. As I enter college and my future career, I aspire to expand my parents' care home that houses adults with disabilities similar to my brother's to promote wellness for diverse communities, significantly in the underrepresented.