Queenie Weesen

Moraine Park Technical College

Queenie Weesen is a student in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Moraine Park Technical College. She is passionately invested in family, community, and pursuing a healthcare career. Queenie grew up in the Philippines, immigrating to the U.S. at age 19. As the oldest of five, Queenie helped her single mother raise her siblings and care for elderly grandparents. Arriving in Wisconsin, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant for the elderly. As a role model for her own three children, stressing the importance of education, Queenie sends her CNA earnings back to the Philippines for her siblings to go to college. She creates change through leadership in AKBAYAN-FANEW - Filipino American Association of NE Wisconsin, showcasing Filipino pride in community traditions. She serves on the Campus Student Senate, and is the Districtwide Secretary. She also serves as a board member on the West Bend chapter of EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association, leading and inspiring Young Eagles. Queenie herself is a student pilot, accruing hours towards her private pilot's license. As a child, she sometimes escaped to the roof of her grandma's house, watching the airport planes flying overheard, and told herself, "One day I will fly! In America you can fly!"

Bonnie Baerwald
President
Moraine Park Technical College

Personal Statement

Growing up in the Philippines as the oldest of five, who lost our father, I helped my mom raise my siblings and care for my grandparents. At age 19, I immigrated to the U.S. and became a Certified Nursing Assistant, finding my passion in caring for the elderly. My husband and I are raising three beautiful children. I send my CNA earnings back home so my siblings can go to college. For seven years, I have helped create change as a leader for AKBAYAN-FANEW - Filipino American Association of NE Wisconsin, showcasing Filipino pride in our community traditions. At MPTC, I serve on the Campus Student Senate and as the Secretary for the Districtwide Senate. I am also on the board of the West Bend chapter of the EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association, inspiring Young Eagles. I too am a student pilot! Becoming a Nurse, I want to give elderly and hospice patients, quality care, kindness and compassion. I teach my children, education and helping your community is essential for success. As a child, I sometimes escaped to the roof of my grandma's house, watching the airport planes flying overheard, and told myself, "One day I will fly! In America you can fly!"

Queenie Weesen
Nursing: Class of December, 2019
written 2018

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