When I was fifteen my sister was diagnosed with kidney stone and as a result was hospitalized for months. By the time I turned seventeen my mom was getting surgery for an hernia. I served as a translator for my mother, translating English to Spanish and vice versa. Most of my days were spent at hospitals where I became familiar with the routines. I enjoyed watching the medical staff as they took gentle care of my sister and mother. I listened attentively to what they had to say. I wanted to make sure I would be able to care for my family when they got home. Since then, I have wanted to be a nurse.
We spent several months going back and forth to the doctors and every time the same nurse would attend us. The nurse was permissive and took a sincere interest in my family. It was the nurse that interacted the most with us and made us feel that my mom and sister were in great care. I admired the nurse and her behavior, she added to the reasons for wanting to become a nurse. At that moment I knew without a doubt I wanted to help people and care for them in times of need.
It wasn't until my family got better that I took action upon helping others. I began volunteering at Buena Ventura Care Center, a nursing home for elders. On my first day I was assigned to play Jenga with a male resident. When I sat down to arrange the blocks he seemed lost, quiet and scared. After a few minutes of conversation he opened up and we talked like we had known each other for years. Once we began to play he was determined to win, he smiled the entire time and made jokes about me losing. I was glad to have kept him company and making him smile. I knew I had brightened his night, his laughter reassured me that I was doing the right thing. During dinner I had given coffee to the patients and seeing them light up for something so small made me realize how doing one simple job can mean so much to others. I knew that helping others was what I wanted to pursue.
Most recently, I had decided to help students with their college applications. Although...