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Jacqueline Drexler’s Difficult Path before Entering the Fields of Medicine and Modeling



Jacqueline Drexler’s primary career is in the medical field. She is a phlebotomist who is studying to become a Registered Nurse.


“I have about 10 years of experience working in the field. I’ve worked in mental health as a tech, in hospital settings from Nevada to California, and alongside covid-19 patients, gaining an outstanding amount of experience, working in critical care with both nurses and physicians. When the pandemic started to slow down, my friend asked to be part of his movie, The Bachelor Murder Mystery: Who Murdered the Bachelor? Since becoming a part of the movie, I grew curious and gained the courage to seek out other opportunities in front of a camera”, she said.


She then received a Miss San Fernando Valley title from US Nation Pageants and started connecting with photographers for shoots. Since then, she’s moved toward her primary goal of becoming a nurse, while also working part-time in photography and fashion.


Getting to where she currently is required a lot of growth and confidence. When Jaqueline was around 11, her mother was deported. In her view, her father became emotionally overwhelmed and had a hard time raising two girls on his own.


“By the time I was 13 years old, I started getting into trouble and hung out with the wrong crowd. Between the ages of 14 to 17 I had transitioned from a troublemaker to someone who wanted to become better for myself. I started to believe in myself, knowing that I was capable of doing greater things. I didn’t want to go to school anymore, but I was convinced that rather than dropping out I should complete my high school credits faster, which led me to finish a semester earlier than my class. As soon as I received my diploma, I wanted to go into medical assisting. By the time I was 18, I was able to explore what I would enjoy in the field. My first job was at a chiropractor's office in Burbank. Changing my scenary helped me change the way I thought. I went back to college to begin my path into the nursing program shortly after,” she said.


Her career path, however, was not a smooth road at all, and she experienced a mental health crisis of her own.


“Parental guidance was very limited, and my home surroundings could’ve easily taken me in. I grew up in an impoverished neighborhood, surrounded by gangs and crime. I was the eldest sibling, which was another disadvantage, since I had to figure it all out! My dad didn’t have faith in me. I had to trust myself and believe that I could make it out of this. The biggest decision I had ever made in my life was to transfer out to Nevada to go live with my grandfather, whom I knew nothing about. It was also the greatest decision I ever made. There were more than a few struggles. I believe the biggest one was growing up feeling alone, believing no one was on my side, while refusing to ask for help,” she recalled.


In the next 12 months, Jacqueline will be completing her nursing program to gain a degree as a Registered Nurse.


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“I love critical care and currently I work in two hospitals, including a trauma center. I plan on applying to either or both hospitals to begin my journey as a nurse, to gain at least two years of experience before being able to apply as a travel nurse. I would also like to have the opportunity to work as a nurse outside the United States, to be exposed to under-resourced countries needing medical attention. The modeling career is just beginning. I’m not quite sure where it will take me but I’d love to work with young women who may need guidance or support”, she said. “The best advice I’d like to share is to write down how or where you’d like to see yourself in the future. Write out how you plan to get there. Believe in yourself. You are capable of doing things to bring yourself out of something, things that can help you become a better you. Just because you reside somewhere doesn’t mean it is who you are. You are who your heart says you are.”



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