Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
A year later I volunteered for three weeks of community service in the remote country, Laos. This beautiful country showed me new traditions and cultures I had never been exposed to, while teaching me about its different customs. On a rainy day during this trip, one of my friends was running across a blacktop, slipped, fell, and started seizing. Terrified, I had no idea how to react; I wanted to help, but didn’t have any knowledge on how to approach the situation. My friend ended up being driven across the Laos-Thailand border to obtain medical attention there that wasn’t available in Laos. Witnessing someone in dire need of medical aid, yet their life being put at risk due to simply not having the resources broke my heart. This experience grew my desire to pursue a nursing major in which I would be able to obtain skills to help others, specifically those who do not have access to easily accessible health care like we do in the United States.
Erica from Connecticut
Pennsylvania State University