Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.

Perseverance. I've always had a passion for helping others, but I haven't pursued this path towards truly achieving my dream until now. I have a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, and although I worked extremely hard to obtain it, my true passion is to become a Registered Nurse. After I graduated, I felt as though my education was incomplete. There are many obvious excuses for being comfortable and limiting myself to the degree I have currently. I can obtain a job in a school setting and be financially prepared for my future by doing so. In addition, if I was to return to school, some people may be judgmental and reflect their own negative feelings on the matter. Furthermore, I excelled in school as a straight A student, but in all of my science classes, I've always received B's and C's, despite my efforts. It was discouraging and honestly the biggest excuse for me to not pursue a medical degree. I used that justification throughout my college years and pursued becoming a teacher, even while knowing that field was not meant for me. I have gained courage and perseverance to get back up when I fall down and push myself to continue working towards a goal I truly want to achieve. For so many years, I have run away from this passion of mine. I realized, though, that if I genuinely want something, I can and will accomplish it, no matter how challenging the road may be. This past semester, I studied and went to tutoring to put in the extra time and ensure the most learning would take place. I am happy to say that I earned A's in both Biology and Chemistry. My experiences have only made me stronger. I am older than the average college student and I am returning to pursue a different field. The only difference is that I know this is the field I am going to excel at more, because my path has lead me here. I am proof that anyone can reach for the stars and catch the universe instead. No one said the journey would be easy, but as long as you persevere, the sky's the limit.

Brooke from New Jersey
College Freshman
Middlesex County College