The biggest obstacle I faced was getting a concussion my junior year. The ironic part is it sparked something in me; I was determined to heal quickly and push myself past my limits. In the end, I became more aggressive on the field and one of the best players on my team. The coaches noticed this huge change and awarded me the Coaches’ Award at the end of the season. Knowing I had more potential, I pushed myself even further and my talents were recognized by the new coach my senior year.
She has demonstrated her knowledge of nursing by receiving her education and working with others in healthcare. I look forward to being like her one day and pursue my dreams, just like Angie did. Motivation is key throughout this whole process. I have always wanted to be a nurse since day one. Seeing my father battle sickness for almost fourteen years confirmed my decision.
My grandmother was the nurse that inspired me to pursue the profession. I am so thankful that she is still here to witness me getting closer to that goal. I’ve always wanted to fulfill her foot steeps and make her proud. I am the first one in my family to attend college, and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment, but it has been a very tough road getting to this place. As most of my family is working class that did not attend college I was expected to get a job right after high school.
The summer of my junior year I had a severe injury which made me led me but no choice to let go of my other sports and my after school music activities. It was a burden on my shoulders because I loved doing all the activities but in the end, it was all about getting better grades, improving my playing skills and most importantly for me to get healthy again. I worked through the difficult times so I could be there for my team. Teamwork was possibly the most valuable lesson I learned from Lacrosse. Learning to work together with other individuals to achieve a common goal is a skill that I have used and will continue to use, for the rest of my life.
I told myself everyday to forget about the pain and work hard to make the competition performance great. I didn’t want to spend another year standing on the sidelines of I could be perform with the team. My wrist hurt terribly, but I performed to the best of my ability. The competition went great, and I didn’t feel the pain until after our two minute routine was over. Cheerleading has shown me that my determination, attitude and effort help me accomplish great adventures in life.
Despite my shortcomings, I started to improve thanks to the kind people who took the time to help me. The next year, I joined the CYO Basketball team, as well as track. Once again, I was not at the same level of talent as the other kids, but my coach was kind and patient with me. Throughout the season, I improved, but more importantly, I learned about the game and about teamwork. This past year, I joined my church’s cross country team .
I was comfortable with telling people that I failed my driver’s test. Not only did I accept my failure but I pushed myself harder and practice with my sister’s car. A month later, I went back and took my test over and passed it. It was at that moment where I jumped for joy. The lessons we learned from failure can be fundamental to later success and this incident is a prime example on how I turned my failure into a life lesson.
As I was getting ready for the first day I made sure I was wearing my best clothes. I picked out my brand new buckle miss me jeans and my new orange and pink shirt to go along with it. I walked down our hallway to my bathroom and grabbed my toothbrush out of the mirror cabinet. Once I was finished brushing my teeth I grabbed my purple nike backpack, told my parents goodbye, and walked down our street to the bus stop. When I got there I was eagerly waiting for the bus to come.
A few weeks later, similar injuries impacted my body, so I immediately decided to go to physical therapy in order to get me back on my feet - literally. All in all, I was fascinated with the work physical therapists did: From treating injuries, to rehabilitation, and to providing individuals with the confidence to continue with their passions. As a result of this experience, I proceeded to taking a class within my school, known as Regional Occupational Program, that dealt with healthcare professions. Little did I know that I would discover a philanthropic side to me that would lead me to want to pursue a career in the healthcare
Coincidentally, just this year I have obtained a firm grasp as to what I feel my beliefs and values are. I came to the realization of these values and beliefs when we had to write a personal mission statement in my Health Explorations class at Eau Gallie High School. It truly took me almost two weeks to write my mission statement, partially because I was not sure who I was. My mission statement was, “Thru my positive attitude, and values I will continuously strive to enrich the lives of those around me who struggle with life’s obstacles and challenges.” I value living life through positivity and having a positive attitude. No matter how tough life gets I strive to be persistent, to push through, and help others get through hard times.
My success is mostly based from my family. They are the ones that make me strive to be better every single day, and that is probably why I like to talk and write about them a lot. The Writing Collection we did was a bunch of flash draft essays we wrote about events that have changed us or our view on life. Out of all of my flash drafts, the one that was by far the best and most meaningful was the essay I wrote about my family, called “Is Family Really Forever?”. It always amazed me how I could write so much about my family, and that’s when my realization of success with my family hit me.
It is crazy thinking about all the resources we have now to help people return from injuries. We have come such a long way in helping people with technology over the years. I learned that ultrasound can help warm muscles up in spots that are hard to warm up. Since I will be taking kinesiology next semester and I am really looking forward to it. I asked Nicole what some of the content will be like in the class.
As a senior enlisted member we must never miss an opportunity to learn a new skill set that will help us lead, develop and inspire our junior members. At the Chief Petty Officers Academy(CPOA) you are given a chance to accomplish this task. Some of the lessons that I have learned the most about or built on existing knowledge included the wellness lessons the leadership challenge LPI 360 and the class staff ride. The wellness lesson impacted my life and gave me new options to recover from injuries. I have always been a fit individual but I suffered four major injuries last year at different times.
I work in the health care field ethically and morally we are to do the right thing by are patients for them to progress and meet all therapy goals. Our company is a beacon in the community and a lot of our patient have been coming in for physical therapy for ten plus years. They find comfort in talking to us about personal situations they maybe experiencing in there lives. One of our student athletes comes in the evenings by himself to continue is ACL strengthening from his prior surgery, he came in two separate occasions with a black eye, he joked it off and told us happened at baseball practice. However, he and his mom were being abused by his step father, he finally talked to me and it broke my heart to know that this innocent kid was dealing with such a traumatizing situation.
When I picture myself, I have faced many challenges in my life and realized how much i’ve grown and changed from them, just in the last year. The most important challenge that I am proud of myself for accomplishing is becoming a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA). Obtaining this certificate was a huge step in my life from childhood to adulthood. I became an LNA because my mother encouraged me to since she knew I always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a child and I love helping other people out. At seven in the morning on July 20, 2015 I arrived at LNA Health Careers School in Concord to a start of a big step in my life, not knowing what to really expect.