We had the good fortune of connecting with Ayline Contreras and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ayline, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When thinking about risks I see it as a now or never thing and never letting fear get in the way of doing so. Often I held back because of fear of rejection, failure to change, and fear of uncertainty. I’m the first of my family to step out of the “traditional” jobs coming from a Mexican culture. I took a risk and applied to nursing school with so much fear of not knowing whether or not I was going to make it & having my own family view me as “weak” and saying I wouldn’t make it because no one in our family had ever worked in the medical field. Had I allowed fear of any of the things I mentioned I wouldn’t be where I am at right now. I got accepted into many of the top Nursing programs in Texas one of them being from Baylor University. I accepted admissions to one of the best Nursing schools in Houston which is UTHealth Cizik school of Nursing a 15 month accelerated program. Now I am on my last semester 3 months away from graduating and obtaining my BSN along with taking my NCLEX and obtaining my license as a Registered Nurse.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am nursing student and I am most proud of the accomplishments I have made at such a young age. I was able to get to where I am at by having a strong support system and always encouraging me to move forward. Being in nursing school is probably on of the hardest things I have ever done I struggled my way around it, this whole journey has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I overcame these challenges by really limiting time I would spend hours and hours just studying and wouldn’t see some of my family members or friends for months. This was a time period where I pulled away from everyone I loved and cared for and decided to focus on myself and my studies. Whenever I could squeeze a bit of free time I would go ahead and take portraits of people or of myself as a way to cope with my stress. Things I have learned is that time is precious, every second should be made count and it shouldn’t be taken for granted because nothing is promised. Never underestimate the power of just listening to someone talk, that alone can make a huge impact in someone’s life. I would want the world to know that I am a BADASS for getting through nursing school in the middle of a pandemic.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Houston and there are so many things to do around here. Some of the things that can be done is planning a picnic at Buffalo Bayou Park and enjoying the scenery. Going to the Museum District and exploring the different museums that Houston has to offer. Anywhere near downtown are so many fun things to do there’s also the zoo, graffiti park to take pictures. Houston has a photo opportunity in every corner. Foodwise would all depend on whats in the mood Houston has a huge variety of food options it makes it difficult to pick. Harry’s restaurant is a perfect spot to go to and have brunch and just catch up with friends. Some of the best spots to get food are Pho Ben, Sushi Choo Choo, Mein, Waffle Bus, Tacos Dona Lena (some of the best Birria!), Flamingo Chill for a snowcone on a hot day. If you’re into drinking Midtown is the place to go as it is surrounded by so many bars perfect for everyone. Hermann Park, Buffalo Bayou Park, and Discovery Green are some fun places to visit.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents have been my biggest supporters throughput my entire journey. My mom in particular, she has never left my side once. When I started nursing school there were times I felt like giving up and not wanting to continue, I felt as is everything that was said about not being possible was true. My mom pushed me every single day to keep striving and to do better for myself. She has been my strongest support system and I wouldn’t be where I am without her. The woman that I am in life and everything I have done so far I owe it to her and her hard work. My mom is my backbone and she is what keeps me going and never allows for me to give up no matter how hard things get.

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