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

My father. When I was growing up, my father worked two jobs effortlessly each day for 10-12 hours to have the ability to send my sister and I to the best private schools possible which my neighborhood didn't offer. I grew up in North Philly which is the low-income part of Philadelphia.Public schools in my neighborhood were underfunded, underrepresented and understaffed in numerous ways. As a result of this, my father believed my sister and I had the best chance of success at private schools. Due to working so hard to make this possible, my father has suffered 2 heart attacks, a stroke in his lifetime and is now on dialysis. Each time during my childhood when my father was sick I spent countless days in the hospital right by his side. Witnessing first hand the amount of work nurses and doctors did around the clock to restore my father's health was incredible. I knew from a young age I wanted to be a part of something so incredible as that. Interacting with patients and families as well as being able to restore patients health such as mt fathers. That is why I intend to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree.

Adrianna from Pennsylvania
College Freshman
Gwynedd Mercy University