SAN ANTONIO – St. Philip’s College is celebrating the accomplishments of graduate and Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas.
Rivas enrolled at the East Side campus as her first step towards helping others. During her time at St. Philip’s, Rivas accomplished another dream: starting a family. The milestone, Rivas said, has motivated her even more to become a nurse.
For Rivas, plans for a vacation during Spring Break, family celebrations, and graduation all came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the help of professors, Rivas was able to adjust to a new standard to earn her pre-nursing degree from St. Philip’s College.
“Honestly, if we didn’t have Zoom, I’m not sure what we would do,” Rivas said. “It would be kind of hard.”
A daunting task that required a lot of organization and support from family to get through, yet, according to Rivas, it was not her toughest challenge to overcome while enrolled at St. Philip’s.
“It was hard at first because I was pregnant,” Rivas said. “My first semester I was pregnant with my first child. Once I gave birth to him, I had a lot of help from my mother-in-law and my husband.”
Her son, Derek, was born in 2018 during her first semester on-campus. During her last semester amidst the pandemic, Rivas gave birth to her second child, Luca.