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I grew up
believing that college was not a necessity, especially for a girl. From a young
age, I was taught to think that the most respected people did not have degrees.
My parents valued education but believed that due to the undeniable issues of
racism, sexism, and classism that I would not be able to obtain a prestigious
career despite my degree. Throughout my childhood I continued to hear stories
of how immigrants had the highest degrees back home but as soon as they came to
the United States they were forced to work tough jobs for measly wages. More
recently, I have come to realize that although an education may not guarantee a
fulfilling life, it will definitely allow me to grow as a person. Dominican
University is the place I want to continue my education because I know I will
blossom there both socially and mentally. I was still a senior in high school
when I first visited Dominican. I was amazed at how positive and welcoming
everyone was. My friend and I were on a tour and we managed to loose our group.
We were not too anxious about go because the campus was beautiful, and we did
not mind a little wandering around. We ended up asking a group of students to
help guide us back to where we started. They greeted us
and kindly walked us all the way to back to our group. They showed me that I
could be comfortable in exchanging smiles with strangers and sparking
conversations with various personalities here. I know I will be able to network
and form life long bonds through an education at Dominican.

I will be
graduating with my Associates degree this spring. My professional goal is to
obtain a nursing degree. I have always had a yearning to be in a field that
valued others over oneself. With Dominican’s rigorous health science college
and hospital affiliations I will be on my way to becoming the most effective
nurse I can be. I have always prided myself on being able to recognize an
individual’s needs. This is what propelled me into the field of health care.  Just like a nurse needs to identify and address
the unique needs of each patient; a college needs to address the unique needs
of each one of their students. It is evident that Dominican makes this a
priority through their push to be an all-inclusive campus that provides small
enough class sizes where my needs can truly be met. An education at Dominican
will change my life by giving me all necessary tools to reach my goals.

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