Fall 2018 Proud Grad – Nursing Graduate Found Life Calling After Car Accident
Edj Cadet has turned her most challenging setback into an opportunity to help others. In May 2016, the Haitian native was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. Two years later, Edj is graduating with her Associate of Science in Nursing and plans to further her education in the field.
Her passion and dedication as a student have provided several recognitions, among them, she was one of 44 students named as the 2019 Siemens Technical Scholars.
The Accident that Changed my Life
“It was horrific.” That’s how Edj describes the car accident which took her several months to recover. “After the accident, I basically had to relearn how to do the most basic stuff,” she says. “I still have scars from it, the entire right side of the face near the ear, my whole back… But this accident inspired me to pursue my career in Nursing.”
Edj desired to become a Nurse when she was sent home from the hospital before her recovery was complete due to expensive medical bills. Her mom took over her day-to-day care. Experiencing the tenderness and compassion from her mom inspired Edj to do the same for others. “Having my mom taking care of me, seeing how dedicated she was to my care, it just made me realize that I was lucky and that not everybody had somebody to take care of them,” Edj says.
2018-19 Siemens Technical Scholar
Recovering from the accident was proof of Edj’s resilience. She knew that pursuing a career in Nursing at Broward College was demanding, but she was determined to excel. Her commitment was recognized by the Aspen Institute and Siemens Foundation which named her a 2018-19 Siemens Technical Scholar. This award is given to students preparing for high-demand jobs in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, and Information Technology.
Edj shared a $25,000 prize with two other Broward College Nursing students who were also named winners of the prestigious award. The scholarship will allow her to cover tuition costs and other expenses when she returns to school to further her education.
“This recognition inspires me to continue to be great at whatever I do to show that just because you chose a community college as your route doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be successful,” she says.
Edj will be the first college graduate in her family.
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