From a young age, Fernando Ramos had a strong interest in the medical field.
"I can recall being just a little kid, maybe 4 or 5 years old and trying to take care of my mom and even giving her discharge instructions like, "Make sure you see your doctor in a week,'" Ramos said.
That passion helped carry him through the bachelor of science in nursing program at West Coast University-Ontario. In February, Ramos and his Ontario classmates celebrated their completion of the program at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.
Ramos, who was the class speaker at the BSN pinning ceremony, said he chose to attend West Coast University after a lot of research and "pretty much wasting about six months" while waiting to get into a local community college's anatomy class.
"I tried to enroll in the spring semester and couldn't get in. I tried to get the class in the summer semester, couldn't get in and I realized that there was a need for change," Ramos said.
Since he already had an associate degree, Ramos decided he didn't want to pursue another one. He also was tired of losing time and hoping to get the classes he needed.
"I realized if I was going to go back to school I'd want to earn my bachelor degree so I did my research and I realized how structured WCU was,” Ramos said. “I appreciated the fact that as soon as your first day you knew what classes you’d have each quarter. You know exactly when you start, exactly when you finish and exactly what classes you're taking in-between that time, so being a very organized and structured person, I really appreciated that, which was one thing that truly drew me to West Coast University.”