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

I am excited to be able to share my story with those of you reading this. Most students struggle to decide on a major. Deciding what to do with your life is an enormous responsibility and I am so happy that I’m not “most students”. I’ve known that I wanted to enter the medical field for as long as I can remember. I grew up competing in club gymnastics and dance. As a result of constant activity, I found myself dealing with many injuries. These incidents wound me up at either a doctor’s office, the hospital, or working with a physical therapist. Most kids look away while needles are around, or shy away from a doctor’s questions, but I never did. As needles were put into my skin I would stare in awe, asking the doctor and nurses to explain to me exactly what they were doing. During physical therapy I would make them describe why they were making me do each activity so that I could understand. I have always had a curiosity and amazement when it comes to the medical field. Since then, I’ve narrowed down my options and decided that I want to become a registered nurse. There were a few factors that led to this decision. At first, I wanted to become a surgeon because I feel as if I have the drive to complete that much schooling and I am endlessly fascinated by the field of surgery. However, I want to have a tight-knit family in the future and I know that would be difficult with such a demanding job. After I realized that option was unfit I looked more deeply into the field, landing on nursing. Nursing caught my attention in several ways. First, I am a socialite, I love to meet new people and form as many connections as possible. Second, I want to help others and improve lives. Lastly, nursing is a phenomenal part of the medical field and includes other aspects of life that interest me too. I am excited to become a nurse because what I remember most from being in the hospital growing up is the connection that I made with the nurses. I'm ecstatic for my future in this field.

Marissa from Washington
High School Senior
Gov John R Rogers High School