How to Save a Life

Scholarship Entrant: Anna from Tampa, FL
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 Anna: 1412

Oftentimes, we are taught that the core essential in life is family. However, to what extent will we strive to protect and cherish our moments with them? Over the years, I watched my father’s grey hairs increase and the creases on his forehead multiply. Along with the heavy amount of stress, my father progressively became ill in 2009. I visited the hospital when he stayed overnight; he held a tight grasp upon my hand as he informed me what he was diagnosed with; lung and pancreatic cancer. This was the part of my life where I abandoned the thoughts of wishful thinking, and became a realist. After three months, my father, a 5’9 man lacked the ability to stand and was 95 pounds. I would sit in his room and feed him, and recite nostalgic stories I once heard from him. Due to his inability to respond, I cherished countless one-sided conversations with him; with hope that he could somehow be listening. I became his only companion besides his gurney and oxygen supply. Even so, it wasn’t enough time with him before he lost his grueling battle with cancer. While the regret I carry over this experience wears on me daily, it has become a fundamental part of my future goals. One day, I hope to change the world as a registered nurse. I have developed an affinity towards the idea of helping save lives and helping other people spend as much time as possible with their loved ones.

Vote for Anna: 1412

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