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I want to follow in my grandmother’s footsteps

Marina | future pediatric doctor or nurse

My name is Marina. I've wanted to be a pediatric doctor or nurse for a very long time because I've grown up listening to stories my grandmother tells about her career as a nurse.

Like Grandma, I like helping people. Last year, I volunteered through the National Elementary Honor Society to clean up the military base I live on and to help with after-school clubs. My favorite program last year was as a volunteer for the Ballet Folklorico Dance Club; teaching 1st and 2nd graders the steps in folkloric dances was a lot of work and a lot of fun! It makes me feel good to support others.

I've earned the Principal's Honor Roll award every quarter since I started receiving letter grades. It makes me feel special to earn this recognition! I like studying and earning high marks. I especially love science and have participated in my school district's annual science fair since second grade because I enjoy conducting experiments. I hope to join the National Honor Society again later this school year.

It would make me very happy to help a team of other doctors and nurses work at keeping children healthy. I know this career path is not easy, but I am not afraid to work hard. I really like school, which is good because I will be in college for a really long time! There is a naval hospital just down the street from my school; when I turn 14 years old, I can begin volunteering there through the Red Cross organization. My plan is to apply to the University of Texas' medical program.

There will always be a need for good doctors and nurses to help people live healthy, long lives. I want to be on that team! I look up to my grandma and I want to follow in her footsteps.

Marina's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.