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

My first year through nursing school, I asked myself, “What am I doing here? Why do my classmates have answers for everything?” I felt lost, defeated, worthless because I compared myself to others. I made myself believe that I wasn’t good enough to become a healthcare professional, especially since I was one of the few Latinas in my class. As I continued through the program, our class was given the opportunity to start the RN to BSN internal bridge program with San Jose State University. From the 40 students in my class that were offered this academic opportunity, only 10 students valued the meaning to further their education. All at once, I volunteered for a leadership workshop as a mentor to 1st semester nursing students to enhance their critical thinking skills through case studies, agreed to represent our program’s Nursing Student Association club as a board member for the fundraising committee and attended my undergrad course on Saturdays to pursue my BSN. I look back after recently graduating with my ADN from Evergreen College and come to appreciate the leadership abilities I have developed over the past year. I have gained the quality of commitment and responsibility, communicated effectively, endorsed honesty and built trustworthy relationships but most importantly found passion in everything I did.

The reason why I am so passionate about earning my BSN degree is simply this. I come from a Mexican family with no educational background. My parents were never given the possibility to attend college, let alone high school. Their role as teens were to work and provide for their families. My parents have instilled the importance of education and to never settle for less. Their wish is to one day fulfill this educational dream for their children and help give life meaning. I am pleased and thankful to have my parents support, as I continue this nursing journey. I am a Latina with ambition to give back to her community and offer guidance to individuals who doubt

jennifer from California
College Junior
San Jose State University