Brenda Miguel Cruz is from San Diego, California and a recent graduate of Southwestern College. Ever since she was in high school, Brenda wanted to become a nurse. Family is important to her and she has always shown natural abilities to care for them and others, which is the main reason why she chose a nursing career. Brenda’s parents are her driving forces and examples of persistence. During high school, Brenda struggled with math and science and her school counselor discouraged her from pursuing nursing.