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

Ever since I was little, I was torn between my parents’ dreams and my own. My parents would ask me “what do you want to be?” One thing I was concrete about was I want to portray altruism through what I do. I realize that wealth shouldn’t be measured by the amount of money you have in your bank account, but it should be measured by the effect you have on others.
Growing up, I have always shown an interest in helping those around me. My passion for service had encouraged me to join various clubs at my school such as Key Club and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). HOSA gave me the opportunity to experience hands-on training and allowed me to work face-to-face with underprivileged parents and children through a small clinic located near my school. This clinic provided families with no medical insurance to receive necessary help that they needed. My job at the clinic was to make patients feel welcome and to perform vitals. Although doing vitals on patients was something small, I knew that this would further my knowledge for my future nursing career. This experience has taught me the values of service and selflessness.
One of my biggest goals is to become a nurse practitioner and travel to third world countries that lack the medical help. I want to be able to visit my homeland, Vietnam. Vietnam is a country that lacks medical attention and I want to make a small difference by traveling there and giving medical help to my people. As a Vietnamese American, I always hear stories about how my grandparents and parents never have the medical help and I want to change that.

Kathy from Texas
College Junior
The University of Texas at Austin