In 1998, Mina emigrated to the United States from Morroco. Cultural traditions discouraged her from pursuing college after graduating from high school in 1992. Instead, Mina got married and her priority became taking care of her husband and children. Having a career or pursuing college was not an option. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Despite being ill, Mina was inspired to change her life. She landed a position as a teaching assistant. Employed, Mina started saving to fund her education. Mina enrolled at Kingsborough Community College to pursue a nursing degree.

“Getting accepted to Kingsborough Community College was a dream come true for me. It gave me confidence, hope and strength to aim for a better life for me and my daughters.”