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Jessica Hill

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Bio

I am a U.S. Army veteran pursuing a career in nursing. My goal in life is to help as many people as possible. I currently work for a drug and alcohol detox center. I try to help those who have been given up on, time after time. I guide lost souls, per se. I started off as a technician and have moved my way up to daily operations manager. I am pursuing nursing because of this need to help others and my natural gift of providing life saving skills. I have successfully revived three individuals, one from an opiate overdose, another that I found unconscious in a ditch by the freeway, and another was a neighbor's baby. My hero's complex guides me to do these things and to save lives. I want to dedicate my life to this. I was honorably discharged from the Army and have longed for a purpose. After some contemplation, I have decided that nursing is that. I am very hard working and I won't allow trials to take me down. When I have a goal, I don't give up. I'm very compassionate, goal oriented and grateful for all that life as to offer.

Education

Houston Community College

Associate's degree program
2022 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Desert Hills High School

High School
2014 - 2014

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Health, Wellness, and Fitness

    • Dream career goals:

      Nurse

    • 92G

      United States Army
      2014 – 20173 years
    • Daily Operations Manager/ Patient Advocate

      Taylor Recover Center
      2018 – Present6 years

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Club
    2010 – 20122 years

    Softball

    Club
    2014 – Present10 years

    Research

    • Behavioral Sciences

      Taylor Recovery Center — Client advocate
      2019 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Bike Ride Houston
      2016 – 2017

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Lo Easton's “Wrong Answers Only” Scholarship
    1. I deserve this scholarship because I need money to go to school. I also want to further my education like everyone that is applying for this scholarship. Like you said, I need to finesse college debt. 2. I am pursuing a degree in a nursing, which is super honorable and great. The pay is not too bad, I mean I want to help people, as well. 3. A big obstacle that I have overcome is writing all of these scholarship essays. I mean I have to be grammatically correct!? I live in Texas, I can’t say “y’all”? Also speaking of which I face a daily obstacle of traffic in Houston. Well, I guess the biggest obstacle was surviving boot camp. Not sure if I can say this on here, but my nickname was “diaper stain” in boot camp! That’s a hard one to survive!
    Trudgers Fund
    Be careful what you wish for. I always wished for an unbelievable life and that’s exactly what I have. My first experience with addiction was being engaged to a black tar heroine addict who became abusive. The emotional more painful than the physical. An innocent 19 year old girl, full of pain. I didn’t want to feel it anymore, why did he get to escape but not me? So I picked up the bottle, then another. I felt normal, happy, excited and fun! This one night turned into every morning and night. Seizures on my bathroom floor and all warmth was gone. Suicide attempts and self harm. I was drinking to feel to hide from the darkness but it would always find me. I wanted to die. I wanted to drink. I feared my own self. I had to run, so I ran. I followed the light and gained my sobriety. I began to love myself. I wanted to live. So, I followed my dream of being a soldier. I was doing great, gaining rank. I found true happiness. Until one day, I felt a pain like no other. I had severe pain in my abdomen, I couldn’t walk. When I arrived to the hospital, I was told I was pregnant. I felt overjoyed, “I’m going to be a mother”! Within 5 minutes that joy was taken away as I was rushed to the operating room. I lost my baby girl. Now, I’m back in this dark place. I became depressed, I wanted to die. I wanted to drink. In the blink of an eye, I lost my career. I was honorably discharged from the Army. I came home to an abusive husband who had gotten another woman pregnant. I wanted to die. I wanted to drink. Did I? I did not, I fought the urge. I ran to the light, as I did before. I am now 5 years sober and there is no better high than this. I’m still working my program and have completed my amends. I want to live and I want to stay sober. Now, I hold meetings where I tell my story, I have grown a career in addiction working as a patient advocate. I sell sobriety to others when I go on interventions. I have brought people back from overdoses and guided them to sobriety. I mentor people and have successfully mentored young addicts that have been brought into human trafficking. I plan to further my career in helping people that others just don’t understand. I’m planning to be an ER nurse because I have found the emergency room is the time when most people in active addiction are crying for help. I know I was. I believe my story and my success can help others, to show others that they can fight this disorder. I want to show people that we are stronger than our instinct to use. To educate people about addiction. I will continue to follow the light and spread that same light to others.
    Bold Encouraging Others Scholarship
    How do you encourage people who have been given up on, the people who society shuns? I can read from a book and tell someone why they're addicted to drugs or alcohol, but does that really help? For years, I struggled with alcoholism and depression. I gained sobriety in 2016 before I left for the Army. When I joined the Army, I intended to retire from the Army. My time in the Army was short lived, as I had a miscarriage. The miscarriage brought along severe depression. I craved alcohol. I never even sipped on a drink. When I came home, I came to an abusive husband. I had lost everything in the blink of an eye. My career, my dream of a family and a safe home. I craved alcohol, still, never taking a sip. I kept fighting until one day, I couldn't. I tried to take my own life after being raped by my husband. After, I decided to go and get help. I moved into my mom's apartment and camped in her living room. Shortly after that, I began a career in substance abuse treatment. I have destroyed the pieces of my old life and started putting together a new one. I share my story to others, so they know they're not alone. Every day, I wake up with the intention to help one person. It's a lot of work but I believe I do. I believe a story can change a life. I truthfully believe that ones outlook on their trials can change the narrative, as well. My positive outlook and my growth helps people believe, they too, can survive their own trials. I always have smile on my face and am eager to guide others away from the depths of addiction and depression