I am applying to enter the nursing program at XXXX because I believe it provides the most acceptable multi-faceted program in nursing for learning how to meet patients' diverse mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
I grew up in a tiny village deep in the interior of Yemen. Although I was only eight years old when we left there, I still remember the delightful smell of a special stew my mother made from mutton. I remember the goats bleating and roosters crowing first thing in the morning. Everybody knew everybody. Now, I live in Coney Island, a long way from the old country. Yemen is an impoverished country where many people make less than $150 a month. According to a recent article in the Yemen Times, an epidemic of dengue rages among the people there. I know that my background coming from Yemen and being able to speak Arabic and English will help me better serve the diverse patient population in New York.
My best memories are of growing up with lovely and helpful brothers, sisters, and parents. Some of my difficult memories are seeing the suffering and poverty in some regions of Brooklyn. Also, New York is a big city where hardly anybody knows anybody. It is easy for foreigners who come here to feel lonely and displaced. I know how they think because that is how my family and I felt after coming here. Going to public schools in Brooklyn was difficult because of the language and cultural barriers. However, the trying times I had growing up in a strange country will help me empathize with many patients from diverse backgrounds and help them feel that someone else understands what they are going through.
One of the verses in the Koran says, "A person should always seek knowledge even if they have to travel more than one million miles to receive it, and after the knowledge is acquired, it should be used to serve humanity." This is one of the reasons why I decided to remain here on this long journey from Africa to the USA to learn more about nursing. I realize the immense value of love in making the world better.
Studying nursing in your program would allow me to learn and use medical facilities unheard of in Yemen. It will enable me to learn how nursing is practiced here. It is my fond hope and ambition to possibly someday use the knowledge acquired here to train others in this field in Yemen. However, I know I must first do my best to become competent. The atmosphere at your institution includes much diversity and a cutting-edge inclusive approach to nursing, which will enable me to become a compassionate healthcare professional.