2018 Scholarship Submissions
Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a nurse.
I began volunteering at the National Ability Center, a facility providing recreation for people who have disabilities. During my first lesson, Jenny, who has Down Syndrome, was uncomfortable and shy with me. Week after week Jenny and I went skiing together. We became best friends and she continues to teach me the value of compassion and care. I sat with her in times of frustrations when she felt she could do nothing, reassuring her that she is capable. I sat with her as she squinted through her glasses trying to read the simplest sentence, and high-fived her when she made it to the end. To see her succeed and know that I was part of the reason was the coolest feeling in the world.
These two individuals had a profound impact on me. They taught me things I did not know about myself, as well as how to be a better person, and how to care for and love others diligently. I learned from them that we have the ability to empower others to succeed if we will only care about them. I believe the moments spent with my Nana and Jenny elicited my aspirations of one day becoming a nurse. I hope that in in serving others through a career in nursing I will not only become an instrument to help alleviate some of the world's suffering, but I will also find and serve my truest self.
Claire from Utah
Weber State University