Andrea

Andrea walks along the corridors of the Italian Hospital smiling at both patients and medical personnel. For eight hours a day, six days a week, this 18 year-old dons her white cap and blue uniform and serves as an aide to hospital patients. As she was forewarned during her first interview, it is a task that requires “responsibility and courage.” In the hospital, Andrea learned about low-sodium and low-sugar diets, she learned that diabetics should not eat sugar, and she learned to differentiate the salty crackers from the sweet. She lives in the working class neighborhood of Escobar, the same neighborhood where she was born. The same neighborhood from which she must travel for two hours to get to her job each day. But she doesn’t mind the commute – as she prepares each dinner tray, she knows she is a step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a nutritionist.