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

I decided to stay in the United States despite the fact that my parents said, “America is too hard” and they were ready to go back home to their country Lagos, Nigeria. They left me here with no guidance and no help. I became homeless at the age of 17. I lost a sense of being happy. I was angry with my parents for leaving me alone with no place to live. I juggled two jobs living in a friends’ basement. I lost my friends because they didn’t know how to understand a homeless teenager with parents living all the way in Nigeria. Being homeless made me strong, determined and even more focused. I was determined to finish high school, I was focused on getting into college and I was strong because I never wore my struggles on my sleeve. I never let anyone decide my faith based on my circumstances. My struggle made me see life differently, and I am more appreciative of everything that life has to offer. If someone were to say they would have guessed that I would still be in the United States pursing an education, I would have thought they were lying. Even after accumulating $80,000 in debt from undergrad, graduate school loans, and being rejected time and time again from school who refused to give me a chance or an opportunity, I still never gave up in pursuit to complete this degree.
My short-term goal is my number one priority because I need my education to further my knowledge and my career. By the year 2019, I hope to have successfully graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Clinical Nurse Leadership, receiving nothing less than a 3.8 GPA. My long-term goals after graduating is to gain experience working in a large hospital for a few years, and then hopefully move to an underrepresented rural area where people have limited or no opportunity to get to large hospitals and work as a public health nurse. It is all the more essential for people in these areas to have an advocate there to teach them the importance of preventative medicine, staying healthy, and ultimately to offer them excellent health care as deserved. By year 2021, I would like to go back to school to attain a Doctor of Nursing Practice and eventually open a small clinical when I can serve others. My end goal in this field of nursing is to go back to the university that helped groom me and become a teacher.

IKPOMWOSA from Maryland
College Junior
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE