Scholarship Entrant: Ivonne from Colorado Springs, CO
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.
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During my undergraduate studies, the areas of Nursing and Psychology continuously piqued my interest – enough to transform from an intense curiosity to essential to my career goals. In the future, I see myself teaching students at a local community college, while also teaching my fellow colleagues at the hospital. To accomplish this I plan on pursuing a graduate degree, in order to become a Nurse Practitioner. I believe that undergraduate work in this area will prove to be invaluable to my career and Nursing, because the training and research required for this degree will be invaluable in my growth and development into the best overall Nurse possible. One of my core beliefs is that you cannot be an exceptional Nurse without first understanding the background and intricacies of Nursing. A bachelor’s degree in Nursing would also open up a variety of career opportunities at smaller liberal arts colleges where I would be expected to teach nursing clinical, as well as becoming a case manager for my current department at work. Truthfully, that would be my dream job, because it would allow me to teach and share all my nursing knowledge and interests to students, co-workers and patients. Another wonderful aspect of undergraduate work is the ability to focus your attention on the subject you are passionate about, and researching something new and exhilarating. My goal for next few years is to gain a teaching assistantship, which would provide me with the practical teaching experience I fervently long to acquire.
My fondness for nursing began at a young age where I had a youthful affinity for Medicine. One day, I came across a nurse at a hospital who was so kind, thoughtful and generous. Even though I was there for an unpleasant procedure, she made me feel at ease and even special. She took the time to explain every single procedure she was going to be doing, and even allowed me to pretend to help her. From that moment on, I was determined to find out more about nursing and what it was all about, and was determined to become a nurse. My passion to become a nurse practitioner/educator began when I was in nursing school and had to conduct a variety of presentations. I found that I had no difficulty explaining things to my fellow classmates, and was commended for having the patience and knowledge to teach them. It was in those moments that I knew I would never be truly satisfied unless I became a nurse practitioner/educator and concentrated on getting an undergraduate degree that focused on the study of nursing education to easily transition to a graduate program to become a nurse practitioner. It was soon after that I found the way to make my goal a reality: the RN to BSN program offered at the CSU- Pueblo Campus.
Although interested in Nursing, my early fascinations with Psychology have stayed with me and believe that it has helped me through nursing school and has made me become an exceptional nurse. My studies during my first two years of college solidified my plans and revealed the possibility of a degree in nursing in graduate school. I took as many classes as I could to prepare, including: Statistics 1 and 2. Getting my BSN degree in nursing will continue my quest for knowledge on this fascinating topic, and help feed my love for research, discovery, and academia.

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