I decided to become a nurse when I realized that my initial career path in environmental studies lacked a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Early into the profession, I had realized how severe political and economical pressures were in achieving my passion for environmental sustainability. In contrast, on a regular basis, many of my peers have expressed joy and fulfillment when working in their respective healthcare fields.
I selected UB for my nursing education because this is the institution where I earned my initial undergraduate degree, and thus, the familiarity gave me a sense of ease when deciding to change my career.
The area of nursing that I am most interested in is geriatrics. Due to my CNA experience, I have grown attached to the elderly and hope to maximize their quality of life
My personal hobby consists of exercise as it provides me mental clarity and the confidence to confront perceived limitations. Forms of exercise that I prefer the most include weight training and hiking. Nursing is a professional field in which I am expected to provide care for others. However, I believe that if I can’t even take care of myself, I would be in no position to tend to those around me.
My post-graduation goal is to secure a position where I am able to exert my full potential of providing extensive care to residents and/or patients and hopefully alleviate any pain or struggles they may be going through. Additionally, I believe that life-long learning is key to overall personal development. After obtaining several years of experience in the field, I hope to further my education in order to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
Accepting this scholarship award would allow me to divert my time from working a part-time job, to otherwise devote my attention to studying. Additionally, having lived in Buffalo for the past 6 years, I realized the value of such a friendly, welcoming community. I am grateful for being chosen as a recipient of the Fuld Fellowship, as I am now presented with the opportunity to give back to the community which I continue to call “home.”