I developed an interest in pursuing nursing as a career when I was 15 years of age. Certain events in my life, which began in the 6th grade, contributed to my interest in a profession that could provide comfort and save lives. Becoming a nurse is my biggest dream, and I hope to achieve it to improve health standards of those around me.
I was raised in Florida by my mother, who was a single parent, a physician, and my best friend. We spent a lot of time together, and we inspired one another. Unfortunately, the happy times did not last. When I was in the 6th grade, tragedy struck suddenly, leaving my mother blind and in constant, severe pain.
This turn of events shattered my world and changed my life drastically. Depleted savings led to the loss of our home. We moved frequently, which forced me to change schools repeatedly. This instability resulted in poor school attendance. I became withdrawn and depressed. My grades worsened and I had to repeat the 7th grade.
I soon realized how instrumental I could be in improving my mother’s quality of life. I discovered that my compassion provided her comfort. Since my mother loved reading, I read to her every evening. At night, I sat up with her and held her hand, trying to comfort her.
These events eventually motivated me to succeed academically so that i could become a nurse. I worked diligently to improve my grades. However, the added responsibility of household chores and taking my mother to doctor appointments made this much more challenging.
Having a personal goal improved my attitude and mood, and I began socializing again. I also became a responsible and active person. I participated in gymnastics and have been a varsity cheerleader throughout all 4 years of high school. Furthermore, I was elected to the prestigious National Honor Society when I was a high school junior. My passion for the nursing profession also influenced me to work as a volunteer in local hospitals, as well as physician’s offices.
I began to seek information about colleges that offered nursing programs in Florida. UF soon became my first choice. I have visited the campus frequently, attended gator games, taken tours, and inquired about housing. There is a sense of comradeship, pride and belonging amongst UF students that I long to become a part of. Their nursing program is also ranked among the best nationally. Furthermore, I have become acquainted with Gainesville itself. I believe it is the perfect sized college town in which I could ultimately thrive. Coincidentally, much of my mother’s sight was recently restored by a Gainesville physician.
Ultimately, It was through adversity and loss that I learned empathy and compassion. These character traits are imperative for becoming an excellent nurse and better human being. I believe I have the inner strength, motivation and focus to succeed at UF and sincerely hope that my applications to UF will be accepted. Thanks for your consideration.