I am already earning a living at what I love most; helping others. I am a nurse and I enjoy caring for the sick, but I have come to realize that our future as a nation depends on preventing sickness. Nurse practitioners have a great role in helping with preventing illness. So, I’ve decided to go back to school to get my masters with the hope that I can contribute to this goal. I want to be able to help others with motivation and recommendations for positive but reasonable life changes in order to prevent disease. I know that I will not make as much money going this route (bedside nursing has a greater potential for income than a beginning nurse practitioner) but I feel the benefit to the community will be greater. Illness can take away our loved ones much too early. Some of these illness can be prevented with appropriate screening. Preventing illness can help improve our quality of life and keep families together longer. Many individuals do not have access to medical care and I intend to work with the under-served populations who have limited resources. Knowing that I could potentially increase someone’s time with their loved ones by identifying a preventable illness is more reward than any amount of income. Each and every person’s well-being affects the world’s well-being. Helping others be the best that they can be benefits everyone.