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Preston Nerland


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I have a passion for helping others and am a nursing student at South Dakota State University. I am an advocate for safer, cleaner environments and partnered up with 4ocean to spread awareness about the impact of waste in aquatic environments. I believe that embracing empathy will positively impact society.


South Dakota State University

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Non-Profit Leader

    • Utility and food service associate

      Memorial Healthcare
      2021 – 2021



    2008 – 201810 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Glenwood High School Disabled Student Services — I worked with a variety of students with different disabilities while working on various tasks in Glenwood High School.
      2015 – 2019

    Future Interests





    Tim Gjoraas Science and Education Scholarship
    Throughout our everyday lives, there are people who endure life-threatening and adverse health conditions. Just like Tim Gjoraas, I too have lost family members and friends to cancer. It’s the loss of friends, family members, and loved ones that drive my passion for pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Curiosity to grasp an understanding of how science applies to our everyday lives, and the curiosity to find solutions to current issues, enables us to help one another. A passion of mine is to help others. I have been blessed with many opportunities to spread knowledge and continue to expand my interests in all subjects. Science has always been my favorite subject because new scientific findings can save countless lives and plays an important role in advancing society. The most influential factor contributing to my love for science is the rewarding feeling I get from helping others. From a young age, I was nurtured to help others and accept people for their differences. These values that I have implemented into my identity have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to my platforms on social media. Educating myself in the field of science allows me to help others in the hospital and on social media. On my live streams, I discuss how hormones and mindset have a profound effect on mental health, how feeling empathy can encourage change in society, and how a passion for learning about healthcare can save thousands of lives. A viewer of mine had reached out on social media after tuning in to one of my podcast live streams where I was discussing mental health. This viewer said that if it weren’t for my passion to help others in healthcare and on social media, he would have taken his own life. To reward me for my optimistic views on helping others, he reached out to the Ellen Show and secured me an interview. Though I did not end up getting a segment on the Ellen Show, I was ecstatic with the opportunity this experience presented me and was thrilled with the rewarding feeling of knowing I was able to save someone’s life. This passion to help others encourages me to continue learning about science and pursue my Nursing degree. The potential of saving thousands of lives by developing new technology or finding a cure to a health condition is another factor that influences my passion for science. Before I decided to pursue nursing, I wanted to become a biomedical engineer. I wanted to collaborate with others and develop new medical instruments that could make current healthcare procedures more efficient and accurate. Also, finding cures for diseases like cancer would save billions of dollars each year, and save millions of lives. I value life, and I believe everyone should be allowed the pursuit of happiness. Advancements in technology and developing cures to diseases would exponentially increase the quality of life would and save millions of lives each year. By the time I am thirty years old, I aim to develop a nonprofit. The goal of this nonprofit would be to humble others and educate others about differences that society in different geographical locations faces. I’d try to inspire the younger generation and teach them how education, specifically science, can be applied to benefit all humans. It is the passion to help others and the potential to save millions of lives that drives me to continue learning and sharing my experiences with others. These passions are where my love for science started, and these passions are where my love for science will continue to enable me to help others.