Name: Bella Wongsucheers
Institution: University of Pennsylvania. School of Nursing
My main objective in writing this personal statement is to provide pertinent information about myself to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, as part of the requirements to join the Accelerated Bachelor’s program for non-nurses. This personal statement is also intended to demonstrate my ability to express ideas in a clear, logical and organized manner, as well as to demonstrate how my personal life values and goals relate to the educational path I have chosen.
Born and raised in Bangkok, I first came to the US as an exchange student when I was 16 years old, and have been studying in America ever since. I graduated from Killeen High School in 2008, and went on to get my B.A. at the University of Texas. I majored in Social Science, while my minor was in Public Health. Since finishing my degree, I have come to realize that I am much more interested in practical work related directly to helping people, and taking care of those who are not able to care for themselves.
When I was a sophomore in college, I converted to Catholicism, since I felt much more attached to this religion than I ever did to Buddhism. Since graduating, I have been involved in several volunteer projects related to social work practices and public health research, inspired by my new choice in faith. I was also an intern for one year at the JTBC Public Health Corp, where I worked as a public health administrator’s personal assistant. This experience helped me better understand the way the public health system works in the United States, as well as gain some practical knowledge about public health administration.
Upon finishing my internship, I became involved in another volunteer program, and that changed my vision of my future career path. I volunteered at a public community hospital, and that helped me understand that being a nurse is what I really wanted. Now, a year later, I am aiming to back up my practical experience with basic nursing theory to become a professional and be able to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.
On a personal note, I would describe myself as being outgoing, cheerful, caring and willing to selflessly help other people in need. I was raised in a family of five siblings and being the eldest, I have helped my mother raise my four brothers throughout my teenage years. This, coupled with my personality, is probably why I feel so comfortable helping others, and can see no better goal in life than to make it my profession for life.