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

I decided to persue a graduate degree in nursing so that I was able to support my three children. I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years and my youngest just began kindergarten. I am going through a divorce and as a newly single mom I am pursing a career so that I can take care of my children.

I decided to go into Nursing after being in the hospital for a week with my mom in the Intensive Care Unit before she passed away. The nurses made an impact on me during one of the most challenging times in my life. I decided that when I went back to work that I wanted to do something more meaningful with my life.

My undergraduate degree is in business so I decided to go into an accelerated masters program in which I can obtain my bachelors as well as masters in nursing in two years. This graduate program appealed to me since I will be able to segway into a managerial role in nursing after gaining experience.

I am very excited about the future and that I am able to set a positive example for my kids in a time of change. I hope that I am able to inspire them that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard everyday.

I want to be able to make an impact on the lives of others during their times of need. I know that I can make a difference by going into the nursing field.

Elizabeth from Kentucky
University of Louisville