Mother decides to go back to school, ends up in same nursing college as daughter

A mother from the Bronx who decided to go back to school before her 50th birthday ended up attending the same nursing school as her daughter.

News 12 Staff

May 20, 2021, 11:53 AM

Updated 1,048 days ago

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A mother from the Bronx who decided to go back to school before her 50th birthday ended up attending the same nursing school as her daughter.
Desiree and Destinee White-Foster lived in Co-op City in the Bronx before relocating to Pennsylvania about seven years ago.
Desiree was working as a teacher in that time, but when she was laid off, she started thinking about going back to school to become a registered nurse. She says she already went to school to become a licensed practical nurse.
Desiree ended up attending a nursing program at Pennsylvania College of Health and Sciences.
Meanwhile, Destinee had been attending a school in Virginia. But when the pandemic hit, she decided to move back home and attend the same nursing school as her mother.
While they are in different programs, their studies still meet up at times.
"It is so funny, sometimes they will get us mixed up, our names are so similar," Destinee says. "I do have a lot of admiration. I always say to myself, 'I don't know if I would be in school like going on 50.'"
Desiree has advice for parents thinking of going to school with their child. She says, "Definitely have an open mind, you can learn from each other, like I depend on her and my son to help me with getting on Zoom."
Destinee says she's learned a few things from her mother as well.
"We are in two different generations, and it is a different way of learning now, so I help her more with the technological stuff, but sometimes she just helps me, reminds me like simple things like using flashcards, like you don't always have to get on the computer," she says.


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