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

I would walk into church every Sunday as a kid in my soccer uniform, telling everyone in sight that I would one day play college soccer. However, this dream slipped from my hands in May of 2018 when I heard my knee pop loud enough to be heard from the bench during my soccer game. I had torn my ACL and meniscus, an injury no athlete ever wants to experience.

Surgery and rehab were the next steps in my recovery and I dreaded every second of it. ACL injuries affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally, and it hit me from every direction. Bending my knee to full range of motion, learning how to walk and run again, and learning how to jump and land correctly were only a few things that I overcame.

At that point I decided I had to get healthy and work my hardest to get back so I wouldn’t let my team or myself down. I pushed through the pain of every physical therapy session. I wouldn't let this injury defeat me no matter how hard I wanted to quit.

I also learned a lot about myself during this time of recovery. I learned that I was stronger than I could have imagined Not only that, but it fueled my passion to work in the healthcare field in the future. I wanted to help people like my physical therapist helped me. I wanted to change people’s lives and get them back to a normal life. It taught me to be grateful for the simple things in life such as bending your knee and walking because not everyone is lucky enough to be able to do those things.

This scholarship would help me attain my goal of getting a nursing degree so I can be an empathetic, hard working and skilled nurse willing to help anyone in the hospital so they can get back to their life.

My recovery took eleven long months, but I made it back to the soccer field and even got a scholarship to play college soccer at Central Methodist University. My dreams came true, I was going to play collegiate soccer and study nursing. I would never wish for anyone to go through this brutal injury, but I wouldn't change what happened to me because it taught me lessons I’ll never forget and showed me a glimpse of a future career.

Avery from Kansas
High School Senior
Blue Valley West