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

I have always recognized that I was not like others or what most would characterize as different. I have learned that God made me different. Well, He made all of us different, so I will say He made me extraordinary. I was diagnosed with ADHD and not the "cooties" as some may have treated me. While it was just an acronym in my earlier years, it has shaped me as a Christian, as a scholar, and as a conquerer. I have endured years of being bullied, passed aside, disregarded and ashamed because of who God made me, but I accept His will today and every day. I accept who He has chosen me to be. I accept that I am not like every other student that may be applying but I am destined to fulfill God's will and purpose for my life.
I can remember always wishing that I could just be "normal", free of wondering thoughts and these bursts of energy, then maybe I would be "normal". As early as first grade, being different was commonplace. Christian schools tolerated me being different but the students had not accepted me. I had resigned myself to being separate from the others. This meant the other kids thought I was weird so I spent my school days alone. Life was solitary other than being with my mom. She was all that I had. She was the only person I could talk to about Dora the Explorer, my obsession with Hannah Montana or how much I liked crafting.
I felt alienated, of course, it was a feeling of loneliness, confusion, and uncertainty which made me question my existence. But why was I different? It was never something I understood until I gave my life to Christ. It was then that I understood, that I am who God created me to be. From that point forward, I accepted myself as God's creation and rejected what others thought of me.
As a scholar, I have been able to achieve academic success in honor classes and dual enrollment. I am humbled by what I have been able to accomplish. However, none of it can compare to where I have found joy and peace. I have dedicated more than 200 hours of service to tutoring children and other students with challenges. I have found my passion in my

calling to serve our youth by nurturing and caring for them. I intend on pursuing a nursing major with a concentration in pediatric mental health.
While I can remember the times that I had struggled to be "normal" and wanted to just fit in, I would much rather walk the path that God has planned for me. I know that path has lead me to pursue a career in nursing and help others with mental illness. For in the words of a most prolific figure, Barack Obama, “where you start should not determine where you end up.” I am ready to take the next step in my journey.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries
with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Napoleon Hill

Cameryn from Florida
High School Senior
Center Academy