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

My name is Jasmine Gilbert and I am a graduate of Highland Springs High School in Richmond, Virginia. I am so grateful to have been accepted to several universities, and chose Norfolk State University to continue my higher education. As I have just completed my freshman year, I have joined many clubs and organizations such as “Women’s Imitative” where our purpose is the uplifting of women in our community. I have also been accepted into “The National Society of Leadership and Success”. My career goal is to be a Nurse Practitioner and I have been accepted into their Pre Nursing Program. Although I’m aware of the rigor of the program, I cannot deny this is my calling and am willing to work relentlessly to accomplish this goal.
During my middle school years, I attended a week long nursing camp sponsored through Bon Secours, where we studied different aspects of the medical field such as pharmaceuticals, trauma, and hospice care. There, I learned basic nursing skills which made me eager to enter the field. In 2018, I was accepted into the Nurse Aide Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage High School and am proud to say, received my License as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. My days were split in half, during the morning, regular classes at Highland Springs H.S., mid-day, Hermitage H.S. for lectures and hands on learning about patient care. Once a month, we had clinicals where we went to nursing homes to apply our classroom skills. I learned how to properly take vitals, bathe patients, and provide holistic care. The program was also in partnership with J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and I received college credits upon my successful completion.
Often times, scholarships are awarded to the student with the highest GPA. Although it’s the student I strive to be, I land in the middle. Financial assistance would be greatly appreciated for students like myself to help get over the hump. To know that your organization believes and affords students like myself assistance would mean so much and drives me further. I come from a family of hard working parents who want the best for me as I do, and at times need a hand up to get us started. My parents have always reminded me that we must always assist others in their journey also.
This has been demonstrated in the organizations and activities I’ve been involved since a small child. I am an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic church where I am in the youth choir and also cantor. Outside of the church I’m involved in the teen leadership club through the YMCA where our mission statement is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that provide a healthy spirit mind and body for all”. I’ve held several executive positions there to include; Vice President, Historian, and Chaplain. The YMCA leaders club has pushed me out of shell, developed my public speaking skills, and develop a connection with my community. We participate in a plethora of volunteer opportunities such as the Ronald McDonald house for cancer patients and preparing meals for the homeless and community service. Throughout my high school years, I was active in softball and field hockey as well as a member of the swim team.
Thank you so much for your consideration. My family and I are very excited about what the future will bring academically. I firmly believe that a solid education provides the base for the success my future.

Jasmine Lanee’ Gilbert

Jasmine from Virginia
College Freshman
Norfolk State University