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How a former Disney star made it to the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19

Jennifer Stone of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ has put acting on the back burner to become a registered nurse

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Jennifer Stone at the World Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s ‘WALL-E’ on June 21, 2008 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Jennifer Stone at the World Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s ‘WALL-E’ on June 21, 2008 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images)

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Jennifer Stone, most widely known for her role as Selena Gomez’s best friend, Harper Finkle, in the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” announced Tuesday to her 300,000 followers on Instagram that a longtime dream of hers had finally come true: She is now a registered nurse.

Stone shared the post on World Health Day, saying she was eager and hopeful to join her fellow nurses on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

After “Wizards” ended, Stone told the International Business Times she decided to take a break from acting and go to school to discover if acting was truly what she wanted to do with her life — she was 14 when “Wizards” premiered in 2007. Although she continued to act in a few projects, Stone balanced her schooling and filming by taking night and weekend classes.

The actress officially received her nursing degree in December 2019. She passed the exam to become a registered nurse on Tuesday, according to Fox News.

Now that’s she’s a registered nurse, the 27-year-old is using her influence to encourage people to stay home and mask-up in order to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus.