One Small Change

Scholarship Entrant: Kathleen from Putney, Vermont
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 Kathleen: 21

If I could do what I love most while earning a living, then I would be a nurse. Having worked in manufacturing for the past twelve years assisting in the production of missile guidance systems I came to a sudden realization that what I was doing only left a negative impact on the world that my two small children would be growing up in. I want them to have a future one dreams about, not one filled with destruction and conflict. This is why I began pursuing a nursing degree.
I have always been one, who puts the needs of others above my own needs so I have always thought about becoming a nurse, but there was always one excuse or another that held me back. It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I had the sudden realization she would be watching me and the decisions that I made and that they would have a great influence on her. That’s why I decided that I needed to act now and start pursuing my dreams, before it was too late.
I don’t believe that becoming a nurse can change the world or instantly make it a better place for my children to grow in, but I do believe that a nurse can have a profound impact on his or her patients and that that impact can spread like wildfire. Nurses ‘pay it forward’ every day and that is the kind of role model I want to be for my children.

Vote for Kathleen: 21

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