Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
When I graduated high school in 2012 I, like most of my peers (and possibly the majority of fresh high school graduates) had the highest ambitions for myself. I, and I alone, was going to change the world. The only problem with that was I didn't have a college plan, or indeed much of a plan at all. My family got by just above the poverty line, right in the sweet spot of not being able to afford school, but making too much to be eligible for the high financial aid I would require. With the door to higher education closed to me, I made the next best decision I could; I enlisted in the Marine Corps. What followed was a whirlwind tour of most of the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East: shuttling people and cargo from place to place, or engaging in air-to-air refueling missions. I loved my job then, and in fairness I still do. But with every flight, I began to feel more and more like the difference I'd set out to make in the world wasn't materializing on this path. Certainly the idea that I was going to do it alone had been chased from my mind. No man is an island, and to make a difference takes a team. That was the single greatest lesson my military experience taught me.
In my heart of hearts I've always wanted to help people in a tangible way. That was a satisfaction that eluded me in the Marines, but perhaps I will find it in Nursing. And so, when it came time to decide to re-enlist or move on, I opted for the latter. Adjusted worldview and more tempered expectations in hand, I applied to and was eventually accepted to Penn State. Where the younger me hoped to be the next General Eisenhower, the more seasoned me realized that the biggest differences start with the individual. So I figure, if as a nurse I can make a difference in the life of one patient, that will cause a ripple effect that may well travel the globe. Not what I expected in high school, but the positive impact I hoped to create will come to pass all the same.
Thank You for your Consideration.
Jeremy from Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania State University