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

My name is Annabelle Westmoreland. I am a first-generation college student from a tiny town in Northern Alabama. My dad is a third-generation farmer, and my mom helps him with his business. The single biggest motivating factor that drives my in my pursuit of a nursing career is family. That may be cliché, but it is very true for me. I decided to go against everything I know, and everything that I grew up with to pursue this dream. My family has always supported my big dreams, and I could never thank them enough for that. They support me financially as well. Although I am working, it’s not enough to pay for college. Through their support, I can pursue my dreams. I don’t want them to have to sacrifice anything for me anymore. They motivate me in more ways than I can count. My little brother is my biggest motivation though. Although he doesn’t want to leave our hometown, that doesn’t mean that I can’t make a better life for him where he at least doesn’t have to worry about his financial situation. As much as my family has done for me to make my dream possible, I want to give back to them, and my hometown as much as I possibly can. I am so blessed to have the parents that I do who have given me so much to do what I want to do.

Annabelle from Alabama
College Sophomore
Chattanooga State Community College