Jazzmin Molaud was born with the gift of caring for others. But following her passion was not always an easy path.
“My ultimate goal is to take care of people, to make sure that people feel comfortable. I have this tremendous value for life,” said Molaud. “I come from a large family where I feel that education was not promoted enough. We were about fifteen, you have such a large household that it is difficult to keep up with everyone who goes to school.”
Growing up, Molaud recalls spending much of her childhood helping raise her family and younger siblings. She says she knew as a child that she wanted to work in the medical field one day. But those goals, as well as her education, were put on hold.
“It kind of hit me, so I dropped out of high school about four times. Life was tough, I’ve raised kids and helped my family raise kids since I was seven,” Molaud said. “I had no education , had no job, had nothing.”
When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Molaud said her role as a caregiver grew. She was by her mother’s side until she died at the age of 39.
“She would always keep asking me, hey you know I’m going to pass, what are you going to do? I’m worried about you, what are you going to do?” said Molaud. “A year after she died I got my GED, I think I was 23.”
That was just the beginning.
On a new path to continue her education, Molaud found Keizer University Online. She graduated in 2018 with an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting.
Molaud remembers attending the graduation ceremony and walking across the podium for her degree, an experience she never had in high school.
“When I graduated from Keizer together with my colleague, the graduation certainly made up for everything I missed. You just want to feel like you’ve accomplished something,” Molaud said. “I have three kids and I want them to see that.”
Molaud says she fell in love with childbirth after her first daughter was born. She decided to dedicate her life to helping other women bring life into the world. In June, Molaud graduated from Keizer University Online with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is now working to become a midwife. The motivation to continue following her dreams started at Keizer University.
“Keiser was my motivator,” said Molaud. “I thought it would be hard to keep up with classes, hard to manage financial aid and all, and I’ve never had a problem. Everyone was able to tell me well that I had to continue, what do you need help with.”
As she continues to work toward her goals, Molaud says she knows her mom is smiling down.
“It saddens me that she’s not here to actually witness it,” Molaud said. “I know she’d be proud, and that’s what keeps me from being negative about her death. It’s more about being who she wanted and what she would have wanted.”
Keizer University is a non-profit, private, independent university serving nearly 20,000 students on 21 Florida campuses, online and at two international sites. Keizer University, co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keizer, currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to doctoral level. Keizer University is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked No. 5 in the US in terms of social mobility in 2022 by US News And World Report.