For lifelong Chicagoan Quin Dorsey, joining the National Guard seemed like a natural fit.

“I come from a military family, so I always knew I wanted to do something in the military,” she said.

Quin originally wanted to become a combat medic but instead worked in logistics, helping to manage the petroleum supply. She spent six years in the National Guard before deciding to come back to her hometown and pursue her passion for healthcare.

Quin enrolled at Malcolm X College, hearing that the school’s nursing program was both high-quality and affordable. As she works towards earning her Associate Degree in Nursing—and later, a bachelor’s degree—she knows her military background will make her a better nurse.

“My experience in the National Guard was one of the most challenging periods of my life, but I learned so much about myself and how strong and resilient I am,” she said. “It definitely helped shape me into the woman I am today.”

Quin looks forward to utilizing the strength, resilience, and attentiveness she’s gained in her future career.

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