I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Lehman College. When I was younger, people would ask me what I wanted to be in life and most times I didn’t have an answer. That was until I went to a high school for health professions. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York my parents often told me to focus on school in order to get ahead in life. As my sophomore year of high school approached I was introduced to an organization called H.O.S.A which stands for Health Occupations Students of America. This experience helped me decide what I wanted to do with my life.
Traveling for team competitions against other high schools about the anatomy of the body or the pathophysiology of a disease and even making creative posters about a health related topic, helped reveal my passion for nursing. Coming back with a gold medal due to my knowledge of diseases was the icing on the cake.
Since my high school offered various medical programs, I decided to take the entrance exam to enroll into the licensed practical nursing program. Even though I had little faith that I would get into the competitive program, I was accepted. Two years later, at the age of 18, I became a Licensed Practical Nurse and was able to share my passion for the health care field at a nursing home. Through America Needs You, I will build my clinical skills through internships and become a Registered Nurse.