A 29-year-old Vietnamese woman who arrived in Taiwan eight years ago as a migrant worker intending to support her family is now pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse and is studying at the Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology.

Duong, the eldest of three daughters, arrived in Tainan, southwestern Taiwan, at the age of 18 when her family in Vietnam was struggling financially. She went to work abroad in a factory to support them, the China Times reported.

Over the years, she kept only about a quarter of her monthly salary and sent the rest home. But in recent years, her parents’ business improved and she asked them to allow her to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, which was highly recommended by colleagues who learned of her childhood dream.

Now in her second year, Duong has found the studies demanding, often staying up late at night in an effort to keep up. She has also taken extra classes to improve her Chinese and English.

Despite all the hard work, she says she is excited and has overcome challenge after challenge. She believes she is getting closer to realizing her dream of becoming a professional nurse. Her classmates have also been very kind and helped her with her studies.

On Wednesday, the university held a nursing students’ capping ceremony, which officially marked the start of practical clinical training for the 291 students.

The school noted that Duong was an excellent student who performed very well. It is hoped she can excel in her profession in the future, whether in Taiwan or Vietnam.