Brenda Pacheco, a Chicago native, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from DePaul University. She is currently enrolled in DePaul’s master's program in science. She has yet to decide what area of nursing she will pursue, but the different career possibilities excite her. Brenda’s parents have been a source of inspiration and support for her. She still recalls her mother asking her, “Are you hungry mija?” It’s both small caring moments like these and her family’s support that have made Brenda successful in nursing.