From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to help people when I was older. It wasn’t until I was almost finished with high school that I realized what exactly that meant. During my senior year of high school, my great-grandfather suffered from a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. My family and I had to step in and become his caretakers. Every day I had to help him do his daily tasks such as eating, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, etc. I even learned about wound care. I had to change gauze that was compacted in a small wound that he had from cancer that had been removed from his head. Also, I learned many lessons about dealing with the elderly. The most important lesson that I learned from this experience was that you must always be patient. I had to let him learn how to walk and use his arm again, but I could not get frustrated with him if he did something wrong. At first, I wanted to just be a nurse. I did not know specifically what area I would want to work in. After helping my great-grandfather for a while, I decided that I wanted to work with elderly people. Over time, I learned more about geriatric nursing and decided that I would love to specialize in geriatrics. I have always adored elderly people. Even just seeing an elderly person in public warms my heart. I always try to help any elderly person that I see struggling, if I can. I started my education at Pellissippi State Community College, and recently graduated with my Associate of Science. While this was a big accomplishment to me, it did not fully satisfy me. I decided that I needed to get on the right track so that I can receive the bachelor degree that I wanted. I decided that it would be best to continue my education and follow my dreams of becoming a nurse. I got accepted to Tennessee Wesleyan University and will be starting the nursing program this fall. The program allows nursing students to work in a hospital and gain the hands-on experience that is necessary for nurses. After I graduate from TWU, I plan to work at a hospital for a while to build my resume.