Personal Statement: A Career As A Pediatric Nurse

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As a child, there is a limitless number of possibilities in the world in terms of career goals. Some kids want to be rock stars and actors, others strive to be doctors or the President of the United States. As a child, we know exactly what we want to do with our lives. However, once you reach the age in which you have to make a decision, the idea of life outside your comfort zone becomes a terrifying thought. In the summer after freshman year, I volunteered at a Girl Scout summer camp in Raleigh. It was there that I began envisioning my future as a pediatric nurse. As a counselor at the camp, I was assigned to the group of girls whose ages ranged from seven to eight. The camp was designed to be educational, yet still be entertaining to a group…show more content…
Especially when the kids you’re attempting to teach are full of energy that is only found in the body of a seven year old. It was my first day as a counselor and I honestly had no idea what I was doing. The only thing knew for sure was that even I didn’t want to sit around and read about photosynthesis. When snack time began, I went over to the adults in charge and came up with a better idea. What if instead of reading about how plants grow, we show them. The next day instead of sitting in the grass reading about plants, we were elbow deep in a bag of soil trying to scoop out enough to fit in the sixteen miniature pots the girls had lying in front of them. The girls were able to learn about plant growth by watching it happen, and it was a lot of fun to see how excited the girls were at the end of the week when they saw the smallest little stem pop up from the soil. The smiles on their faces were priceless, it was then that I realized that I was actually pretty good when it came to watching…show more content…
One of the first days of the camp, it was over 100 degrees and absolutely miserable outside. The camp had buckets of water with sponges, water guns, and even a sprinkler outside to help the girls stay cool. However, on this particular day the girls wanted no part of the weather outside. I was at a loss, I had no idea what to do because the staff members of the camp instructed me to play with them outside. I knew I had to be creative; I had to make that muggy weather outside seem somewhat enjoyable. So I looked at the faces of all the girls staring up at me and I did what any other mature adult would have done in that situation. I yelled, “TAG YOU’RE IT” and touched the arm of one of the girls before sprinting outside. Less than ten minutes later, all of the younger girls and I were running around outside jumping through the sprinkler and laughing as we played an intense game of tag. I gained a lot of respect that day for anyone who had a career as some type of caretaker. Anyone who is creative and energetic enough to keep up with children is somebody worth

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