“It’s crazy how life works sometimes,” Johana Peña tweeted as she was a beginning medical student. “I get to work with my mom, at the same hospital in the same department. She has been a janitor here for 18 years. She raised a Latina physician in the making! Thank you, mama, I am so proud to be your daughter!” Peña, now a fourth-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is applying to residency programs across the nation. She wanted to acknowledge that the sacrifices and efforts her mother made have been a tremendous part of who she is today. At just 18 years of age, both of Peña's parents came to the United States from Mexico. Both worked hard and gave Peña the encouragement to continue applying to medical school, even when she was denied two years in a row. Peña is now on the way to becoming a psychiatrist.

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