Kevin Bachar, Bachelor of Science in Nursing '16

Important Work, Impressive Results

USF has instilled the drive to make a difference.

When USF nursing student Kevin Bachar was growing up, he rarely saw his parents. That's because they were working most of the time. Kevin's mother was a registered nurse and his father was a mail carrier. Both had emigrated from the Philippines.

"They've shown me what hard work means," Kevin says. "They motivated me to work at 110 percent."

Now Kevin’s on a career path that’s bound to be full of hard work, but also big rewards: health care. His time at USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions has been eye-opening. "It's let me see that there's more to nursing and health care than just putting some IVs in and giving some meds," Kevin says. "It’s been an epiphany.”

At USF, he has gravitated toward public health and public policy and wants to go to graduate school and pursue a career in health care research. The program has opened doors to clinical experience at St. Mary's Hospital, the Jewish Home, and Marin County's Department of Health and Human Services.

Although he's a male in a female-dominated profession, Kevin says there are "quite a few guys" — about 40 — in his cohort of about 100 students.

This campus is just very familial. I've met some of my greatest friends here. I've met my future groomsmen here."

A key element of Kevin’s USF involvement has centered around Greek life. He's president of the Greek Council, overseeing seven fraternities and sororities on campus, and a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Last summer, he and other Pi Kappa Phi members from across the country travelled from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., visiting more than 60 organizations in 67 days to work with people with disabilities.

"The fraternity has changed the trajectory of my college experience," he says. "It could have been: go to class, go home, and study. It's given me that well-roundedness and it's matured me faster."

Kevin also works 15 hours a week as a peer adviser in the university’s Student Leadership and Engagement office, mentoring students on how to make the most of college.

"I can and I will make a difference in the world if I have enough gumption to do so," Kevin says. "This school has really given me that drive… Whether it's the classes or my job or my fraternity, it's given me the chance to grow my character and given me a love for service."

My favorite thing [about USF] is my cohort. Hearing their stories and knowing where they came from. They challenge me, they inspire me, they keep me going."

Kevin Bachar