Mihaela Lara, studying Nursing, is a LatPro Scholarship Finalist

[P]eople experience things in their lives that shape their characters, help them discover new roles within them, and lead them towards certain professions. I grew up with an ill father that required great care. I played an important role in promoting his health by creating a safe environment around him, by planning his diets, or simply by assisting him with any physical activities he had to perform. I alleviated his suffering and helped him to recover from surgeries. I always strived to achieve the best quality of life for him, but unfortunately, he passed away. This experience opened my eyes towards a new goal. I learned that I possess nurturing qualities, but education is the last piece of the puzzle. 

I came to the United States six years ago with limited English knowledge, but lots of ambition and desire in reaching my goal. Two qualities that strongly define me are patience and persuasion. Patience brought me to fluency in English, and persuasion encouraged me to continue my path in reaching my professional aspiration. I have two kids now, and even if my time was often limited, I never ceased my education. In addition, I offered my time and skills to places where I volunteered. One of the places was Ronald McDonald House. Volunteering highlighted even more my personal motivation in becoming a nurse. 

Limited English knowledge, raising two kids while in school and working at night, as a server, constitute obstacles that I’m still fighting to overcome. The fact that I was accepted at the University of Arizona College of Nursing is the greatest thing that could have happened to me. I feel proud to know that I can study in other language and that I can graduate with a nursing degree. A degree in nursing will not only bring pride to me, but also to my family. I cannot imagine how happy my father could have been to see me graduating from an American University. 
I strongly believe that I am a valuable asset to the College of Nursing, and ultimately to this society, due to my intellectual qualities, impeccable morals and remarkable inner qualities. 
With all these being said, I greatly hope that you will consider my application for a scholarship, and I promise you that the money that you invest in me will not only help me reach my goal, but the goal of many others!

Thank you!’s scholarship program is proud to announce Mihaela Lara as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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