Deciding to attend Texas A&M University was both a hardship and immense, opportunity in my life. Coming from a close knit background, and possessing a very family oriented character, my decision to come to this incredible institution was one out of my comfort zone. If I was to be asked one year ago, If I could ever see myself standing on this marvelous campus, attending one of the top schools in the nation, I would have honestly responded, no. My counselors would have said no, my friends, my college advisor, my family. The answer would not have been yes, not because I wasn 't capable of meeting the standards to attend, but because there seemed more obstacles in my way than there was forces pushing me forward. Finances were never on our side, …show more content…
Helping out my mother with the bills, working full time and commuting to college, seemed like the destined plan for me after high school. Nonetheless, it came as a shock to everyone when I confessed, I had accepted my admission to Texas A&M. My family took it the worst at first, as it seemed if I wanted to run away from the responsibilities that had suffocated me up to the minute I pressed …show more content…
It was misconception, however, because attending this school would bring even more than those I had before. My parents could never be able to afford this school for me, but that didn 't stop me from desiring to live in a place where I knew, opportunities were around every corner and I was right. My University has been so generous since the day I stepped foot on campus and has provided me the support I need to be successful. My responsibilities are still in tact, I 'm working hard to stay in good academic standing, balancing work and organizations, and helping out at home the best I can from hours away. The doors that have opened since I decided to attend Texas A&M are those which I would have never came into contact with if I had failed to believe in myself as well as the Aggies who were immediate to congratulate me when I did.I stepped onto this campus with aspirations of being a Nurse one day, with dreams of nurturing those in need of my assistance whenever needed, in clinics and hospitals. Nevertheless, one semester later, I see myself studying abroad one day, representing our school in more than just medical settings, and hoping one day I can give back to this school, if it 's in scholarships, research, or knowledge, what they invested in a small Aggie
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I found it difficult to cope with the grief and sadness that overwhelmed me. Although I received overwhelming support from my friends, family, and UT faculty, I failed to recognize and accept the help that I needed. However, I have since realized that it is okay to need help, and I have been more accepting of it going forward. In retrospect, I truly take full responsibility for my actions.
Just the thought of doing what I used to enjoy produced tears and anxiety, which was then intensified by watching my grades sink as assignments piled up. I convinced myself that I was doing better, and that I was just overthinking about not being able to go back to an area that was empty, troubled, with no love, filled with pain and hurt. At that moment with that state of mind, I felt that my only way out was pressing that withdrawal button. As much as this withdrawal hurt my family and I, it was then I realized that Texas A&M University was not an empty and troubled place that was filled with pain, hurt, and a lack of love; but that it was me. I finally learned that no matter where or what I run away from, my pain and well-being will follow.
These internships helped me get an inside perspective of how nurses go above and beyond their everyday duties to ensure patient care, setting a standard for me to go above and beyond in terms of my education, my service to others, and in life. With the changes in college tuition having increased and state support for college students having taken a decrease over the last couple of years, this scholarship would benefit me tremendously in my goals to continue my education.
My mother entered my bedroom and immediately her face widened in absolute shock. “What did you do?” I froze, panicked. I had been discovered. Twelve-year-old me was sitting on the bedroom floor when she had come in.
The college decision process can be very overwhelming for any high school senior who is unsure of which school is the best fit for them. As a second-semester sophomore at TCU, I can even remember the unsettling feeling of not knowing which college was the right fit for me. I specifically remember having no idea until I attended a Monday at TCU. I felt so comfortable and welcomed during my daylong visit that I realized I could see myself becoming a Horned Frog and I still feel this level of comfort in many ways today. Whether it’s the familiar faces around campus or simply from our school’s beautiful buildings and landscaping, I always feel very comfortable walking around campus.
My Intent to Be a Nurse Practitioner Coming from a third world country where there aren’t many opportunities for work and funding for education, proceding to nursing school was a grand opportunity. The privilege to attend a government subsidized school where top students in the region compete to get into the program that allowed only 60 students per year was indeed a blessing. As clinical rotations began, what was once considered a mere opportunity evolved into a true passion for caring as I truly love and enjoy nursing and helping people.
As I look back on my journey to college, I faced many different problems and disadvantages even before taking my first steps on campus. In Linda Banks-Santilli’s “Guilt is one of the biggest struggles first-generation college students face” many first generation students view being the first one in the family as a major flaw before entering college (Banks-Santilli, 2015, Par. 4 &7). The lack of self-respect makes it difficult for students to achieve success without help or motivation. The students have to change their viewpoint about being the first to go to college in their family as a weakness and make it a strength to help motivate them to be better students.
I turned eighteen years old. I began to go to Louisiana State University-Eunice for my bachelor of science in nursing degree. School was going great. I began to socialize with a variety of people. Then I began to realize they weren’t my real friends; they just wanted to use me.
After highschool I knew that I wanted to dip into the college route to discover more about my passion for psychology. When looking over my choices for where I could be I tried doing research and finding which had the best benefits. I ended up picking a school that wasn’t the best option for me, made me realize that in the end that I didn’t belong there and I felt very out of place. Deciding to leave that school and make my way to A&T was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Throughout this year, I have never felt more wanted and respected at a school since being here.
As a returning student seeking a bachelor 's degree in my fifties, married for thirty-three years, I returned to college when our second born went to first grade, to become a registered nurse. As a typical nurse, I tend to put my needs second. Therefore, I am working toward completing my degree. As I read chapter one in Malcolm Gladwell 's book, the Outliers, I do not agree with Malcolm’s philosophy. While I was growing up; my childhood experiences were not about having choices to practice my talents, but the want and need to be part of a family business.
I was so excited for the opportunity to go to college because my father didn’t believe in higher education for woman. My head was filled with so many questions, I was so eager to meet someone for answers. I dropped my kids off to school and daycare and took the train to Brooklyn and walked into the campus village. I signed lots of papers and returned 2 days later took a few tests, met an adviser and was set to start college the following week.
Some years later my parents divorced, my mother married with my stepfather who was attending same church. I moved to Texas after several months, but I was powerless as an Asian girl without education. I felt helpless. Then, In the church, people helped me to pursue higher education. They helped me learning English and cared for my family.
After achieving these important milestones in my life, I plan to set the next goal by getting accepted into my dream college, Georgia Southern University. Georgia Southern University is ranked the number four nursing program in the state of Georgia, which leads to me pursuing my career goals. If I maintain these goals, my determination will allow me to get accepted into and graduate from Georgia Southern University’s nursing program by