Frank Baez was a teenager when he started working as a janitor at New York University’s Langone Tisch Hospital, cleaning patient rooms, bathrooms and hallways.
On Monday, Baez, now 29, graduated with a nursing degree from the same institution where he started as a janitor.
“I could barely speak English at the time when I started working at NYU,” said Baez, who moved to New York from the Dominican Republic with his mom at age 15. “Now I reflect on it and I feel very proud of how much I accomplished.”
“I could barely speak English at the time when I started working at NYU.”
Baez got his first job in housekeeping at the hospital because he wanted a job that would help support his family.