Mercedes Islas learned she was pregnant after getting accepted to UWM’s College of Nursing. UWM set up a virtual classroom to help her stay on top of her studies after her daughter was born. Another professor allowed her to bring her newborn to class.
In 2018, Islas and another student (Shannon Komar) traveled to China to represent UWM and claim first place in the Shanghai International Nursing Skills Competition.
Islas remembers seeing her mother graduate from college and hopes to serve as a similar role model for her two daughters, not only by receiving her bachelor’s degree but also with her plan to continue at UW-Milwaukee and earn a doctoral degree.