Zaheer Turtem stands with his hands elevated near his shoulders. He is wearing a UConn t-shirt, glasses, a headband and blue plastic gloves.

Zaheer Turtem joins a nursing class at the University of Connecticut in October 2022. At first, Turtem started a pre-med track to be a doctor, but observing during the pandemic that nurses interact with patients more, he decided to pursue nursing instead. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror