Tatiana Foster is well on her way to becoming a labor and delivery nurse and midwife after finding her true calling in life at Malcolm X College.
After she graduated from John Marshall High School in 2013, Tatiana went to cosmetology school. After a few years in the beauty industry, in her own words she was “bored” and decided to return to college. She started classes in 2016 at Malcom X because it was affordable and close to her home in North Lawndale, but says she didn’t have a specific goal and therefore didn’t take her classes seriously the first semester. After talking to a family friend who is a nurse who also attended Malcolm X College, things started to click.
“My aunt is a nurse, sister is a nurse – they showed me that there are so many options in the field,” she said.
While she was at Malcolm X, she earned the grades to be part of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and was the vice president of the Nurses Association. She also worked as a patient care technician at Rush Medical Center. After two years of being a full-time student and working full-time, Tatiana says she feels prepared to move on to the next part of her education – this summer she starts the RN to BSN program at St. Francis University.
And she recommends MXC to everyone, from cousins to coworkers, saying, “Malcolm X College is such a good place to start. I know so many nurses that spent thousands of dollars on their education, but we come out of MXC just as prepared – if not more so, thanks to the virtual hospital – at a fraction of the price.”