Grace Martins
CCBC 2020 graduate

Grace Martins was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where she grew up surrounded and inspired by health care professionals. At the age of 10, she knew without a doubt that she wanted to become one of them.

“Grace Martins, M.D. had a nice ring to it,” she said.

Martins was incredibly shy as a child, and admits to being the same as an adult, although fellow CCBC classmates may disagree. Her mother always encouraged her to come out of her shell, telling her that asking questions was the key to success. This was the advice she has followed through life and especially throughout her education.

At the age of 16, Martins moved to the United States.

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I thought about the sacrifices my family made to get me here, and I asked myself once again, how about Grace Martins, RN, BSN?,” she said, thinking nursing school would be a shorter, less expensive alternative to medical school.

Martins enrolled in CCBC with the hopes of achieving her goal of becoming a nurse. She was still shy, yet eager to expand her circle and become successful. She did this by continuing to ask a lot of questions.

A stumbling block came in 2019, when Martins was denied acceptance into the CCBC Nursing program. She paused and reflected, then asked herself how this rejection could help her become the best version of herself. Martins learned to pivot, and was determined not to let her disappointment stop her growth or keep her from moving forward toward that Nursing degree.

Today, this self-proclaimed “Nursing program reject” will graduate as an Honors student, five-star Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, Jack Kent Cooke Scholar semifinalist, and a Student Life leader. She plans to transfer to Stevenson University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

“As I look back at my time here, I thank CCBC for the experience and the opportunity to not only be successful but also to become a stronger and more determined version of myself,” said Martins. “I encourage each and every one of us to never stop asking questions, because these questions are the foundation for our bright future, a future where we will change the world for the better.”

Grace Martins CCBC 2020 graduate