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

Nursing is such a unique occupation. It is so diverse with so many different opportunities. But nursing school can be challenging. It requires time, patience, critical thinking, hard work, and dedication. So many people ask me “Why are you in nursing school? Why would you choose such a hard major?” For me, it is the factors behind my decision to pursue nursing to motivate me.
I would say the biggest motivating factor is my faith. The Christmas of my sophomore year of high school I was asked by my aunt the dreaded question that every high school student hears, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” To my surprise, I responded with nursing. My father looked over to me in surprise, this was new. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, and I had never thought about nursing. At least, not until it came confidently out of my mouth.
I began researching more about nursing and the opportunities that come with it. I began job shadowing and interviewing different nursing staff. When it came to looking at colleges, I chose a small Christian school in Central Indiana called Anderson University. It was on a college visit to Anderson University where I realized that nursing isn’t something that I just chose, but it was a future occupation that chose me. It was my calling that was put forth by God for how we wanted me to live my life.
I constantly pray to God that nursing is my calling and what he wants me to do to glorify him. I believe that without my faith, I would have trouble getting through nursing school and I would not have the motivation to continue. Through the motivation of my faith in nursing school, I have helped launch a ministry at Anderson University with Nurses Christan Fellowship, which is an international organization of Christian nurses. Through this organization, I lead bible studies weekly and get our nursing faculty and staff involved with the students and how we can continue to be motivated through nursing school and in our relationship with God.

MaKenzie from Indiana
College Junior
Anderson University