Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Education breaks boundaries that makes us reach new heights that we never thought possible. The more I learn, the more I want to learn and for that reason, I feel motivated to return to college to pursue a Master’s Degree in Nursing. I have learned that we are the sum of all our parts, which can be very challenging and if we do not care for those parts equally, we may develop many medical and mental health conditions.
I make it my priority to learn more for my patients and myself so I can become a better nurse. My bachelor’s degree in nursing challenged me to think in new ways and to use technology to improve my patient’s lives. Being a registered nurse requires that I consistently increase my knowledge and stay informed of the latest treatments and medications.
Currently, I work in Mental Health and I use my bilingual skills to care for Portuguese patients in my community. However, I want to do much more and a Master’s degree in nursing will help me complete the picture. I strongly believe that I owe each patient that I treat to continue my education.
I hope to help my Portuguese speaking community reduce the stigma related to mental health conditions. Educating the community will be essential to help reduce stigma and it all starts with me developing my skills and improving my education.

Alcina from Massachusetts
Regis College