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

When I was in middle school, I read Kisses From Katie, a book which chronicles a young woman’s incredible journey from living in the suburbs of Tennessee to a single mom of fourteen adopted girls in Uganda. She left her secure life in a wealthy family and re-dedicated it to God, saving the lives of young girls with nowhere else to go, helping Ugandan women earn money to get out of the cycle of poverty, and starting a non-profit organization to bring education to help children in need. She now serves as founder of Amazima Ministries, a program designed to bring education and the gospel to impoverished Ugandan children. Kisses From Katie was instrumental in changing my life. Though I knew that my story would look different than Katie’s, I knew that I wanted to spend my life doing what Katie did: showing God’s love to others through self-sacrifice. I knew that there is no better way to communicate the love of God to someone than to care for them, but I did not know what that would look like in my life. When I took an Introduction to Nursing course in my senior year of high school, it clarified for me how I could help. There are millions if not billions of people who do not have access to good healthcare, many suffering from preventable diseases. To me, nursing is not just a career, but a calling. After I get my nursing degree and a couple of years of hospital experience, I plan to join a mission board and practice nursing in places where medicine is scarce, bringing both life-saving medicine and the life-saving news of the gospel. I may not be able to cure the world, but I can start with one person. If I can make a difference in one person’s life, every moment studying, ounce of effort expended, and dollar spent will have all been worth it.

Genevieve from Florida
High School Senior