My grandmother had grown to be my second mother. She cared for me to a fault and taught me a lot of things inclusive of how to comb my hair and dress up. When I was 7 years old, my grandmother fell ill, and I had to inevitably take care of her. The illness turned my once independent and ever grinning grandma into a dependent and sorrowful human being who on top of not being able to move even a single finger, openly wished for death. I was equally affected by her illness especially because we had become so used to one another. While my mother was away during the day, I took full responsibility of nursing her. It really mattered to me to see her smile because of the little things I did to her like reminding her to take her drugs, serving her food and helping to sit or get into bed. Little did I know that I was gradually being inducted into a career I would later want to pursue. By the time she recovered, I had made it a life’s mission to pursue a career in nursing as it involved helping people with small things that under normal circumstances do not matter.
My mother is a single parent earning just enough to take care of my grandma and me. As things stand now, my dream of becoming a nurse is gradually fading away because of the financial problems I face with my education fees. I must admit that my mother has worked remarkably hard to see me go to school to this extent. She is currently unable to pay my schools fees. Professedly, it has always been her wish to see me get a master or a PhD degree in nursing.
I am Haitian by birth and having been brought up by a Christian mother I inescapably had to turn out a strong Christian believer. I am a believer who demonstrates strong Christian values of compassion and generosity; values that have proved overly instrumental in shaping up my life as a student and as a member of the society. I am actively involved with my local church. On several occasions, I have accompanied other church members to mission trips. For instance, I have been on mission trips with my church to Costa Rica and Bahamas. The most notable trip is perhaps the Bahamas trip which was a clinical mission trip marked with a week of prayer and health screening of a Bahamas community as we ministered to them. I have also visited the Caribbean. While not on a mission trip I actively participate in a church funded program where we do monthly health screening for the elderly and other community members. Admittedly, the mission trips have given me a chance to experience nursing in what I can aptly refer to as a global perspective of nursing- I am of the opinion that nursing, as a profession, is the same everywhere even though people have variant needs that depend on where they live. I am currently a nursing major in my third semester at Laboure College. Even though I just started the program (and still doing nursing 100), I am involved in a number of college activities. For instance, I recently attended the Gala held at the college besides volunteering to help out with the “Silent auction”.
Presently, my only academic goal is to graduate with a nursing degree, but, in the long term, I envision gracing the list of the world’s greatest nursing theorists like Florence Nightingale; I am profoundly determined to formulate a working and an internationally accepted nursing theory. I must admit that getting the scholarship will be my first step to achieving my life goals.