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

As a young girl, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I got older, I would give a wide range of answers, including a lawyer, psychologist, and doctor. Although these answers seem very drastic, they have one thing in common; they are jobs that aim to better people’s lives. Throughout my high school years, I better learned who I am as an individual and what I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I knew that I wanted a job where I was constantly moving around, being placed in different and challenging situations, and working with youth. This self-understanding has come from my many experiences and the lessons I have learned from them, ultimately leading me to pursue a major in the medical field.

A few months ago, I reaffirmed my interest in the medical field by shadowing a few surgical nurses at Avera Hospital located in Sioux Falls. I followed multiple nurses around that day and watched them perform various tasks such as giving out medications, inserting IV’s, changing bandages, and meeting the simplest of needs of their patients. Watching these nurses provide the most sensitive and comprehensive care was truly inspiring. It made me realize that I could see myself doing these exact tasks every day. I enjoyed every moment while I gained a true understanding of what my day could possibly look like in the future. As I asked more questions and progressed through the day, it reassured me that I have picked the right field of study. At the end of the day, I thought, “This is it. This is what I want to do.” I then decided to act on this reassurance by planning and preparing for my upcoming college nursing major.

With my future profession being determined, I am set on achieving this goal and putting in the hard work that comes with it. At the same time, I will be working on myself to obtain optimal compassion, desire, love, and dedication to get me through the trials and tribulations of working in the medical field. Thank you for your consideration.

Emily from South Dakota
High School Senior
Freeman High School