Dream Profession

Scholarship Entrant: Justine from Chatfield, MN
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Justine: 15

If I could earn a living doing what I love most, I would choose to be someone that is there to support families that have a child in the NICU. My daughter was born six weeks early, and she had to spend two weeks in the NICU. This was the scariest two weeks of my life, and I remember feeling so alone and guilty, I wish that there would have been someone there who knew what I was going through and could offer me support. Often times, nurses and social workers that are working in these areas every day, establish a routine and it feel as if this baby is just an object that they are working on. I do not believe that they do this intentionally, but this is likely to happen when they are caring for multiple babies at one time. I want to be the person that makes these individuals aware so that other parents don’t have the experience that I personally had. I want to be the shoulder they can cry on, and the voice that tells them that what they are feeling is normal and okay. I want to be that person that eases the guilt and gives them the security that they are not being judged or analyzed. If I could make one couple’s experience in the NICU half as negative as the experience my husband and I had, that would make a difference.

Vote for Justine: 15

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