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

In the fourth grade I suffered from mono, pneumonia and a broken arm all at once. As soon as I recovered from this, I got whooping cough. Because of this, I made frequent visits to the doctor’s office and got to know the nurses well. Being at the doctor made me feel anxious, but the nurses helped comfort me. I had been drawn to them because of their compassion, dedication, and extensive knowledge of health, but it wasn’t until later in my life when I decided to follow that same path to become a nurse.
In high school, I was given the opportunity to join PALS (Peer Assistance Leadership Service), where high school students go to different elementary schools and partner with kids who are in need of a friend and mentor. One semester, I was paired with a young girl named Maya that had leukemia. She was the same age as I was when I got very sick, and I loved seeing her every week. Because of her strength and resilience, I have been inspired to work in the pediatric ward. Later on, I want to go back to school to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to ensure the health of our children like that strong little girl who inspired me to become a nurse.
My desire to be a nurse strengthened when my both of my uncles developed illnesses: Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer. My uncle with prostate cancer was diagnosed when I was in seventh grade and was told he had two years to live. He defied all of the odds, and to this day he is still alive and battling cancer. When my uncle with Alzheimer’s passed away, I took a greater interest in medicine and caring for others. This interest is what led me to join PALS, where I realized I wanted to become a nurse. Recently, my grandmother, who I have grown up beside and am extremely close to, has developed prominent signs of dementia. All of their struggles with these illnesses made me realize that I want to create an impact on the lives of others just like they were impacted by the nurses providing care for them.

Sarah from Texas
College Junior
University of Texas at Austin