After being admitted to the BSN program I was invited to apply for the College of Nursing’s Honors Program which beyond the title consists of a role in undergraduate research under a professional within the college. I was hesitant initially to apply because only the top 10% of each incoming nursing class are eligible and I did not know where I fell relative to everyone else admitted to the major. I was convinced to apply to the Honors Program when I read that “upon completion of the Honors curriculum you will graduate with Honors Research Distinction.” Reading that statement lit a fire inside of me because I had found my next goal. For such a long time my goal was gaining admittance to the nursing program and with that accomplished I had found my next challenge. Below I have included two of my essay responses part of my application that fortunately allowed me to earn a spot in the College of Nursing Honors Program and a role as an undergraduate researcher.
What are your reasons for wanting to participate in the Honors Program at the College of Nursing?
“Ever since I can remember I have refused to be ordinary. The times in my life during which I have felt most personally fulfilled were those when I proved to myself that I am capable of being extraordinary. Most recently, earning admission to Ohio State’s Nursing Program gave me the sense of accomplishment that I have grown to crave in everything I do. While I am incredibly proud of this achievement, it is with humility and gratitude that I look forward to beginning my journey towards acquiring a BSN degree; because I am aware that there are many individuals who do not have the same opportunity due to the program’s capacity. It is my hope to further distinguish myself as a capable and purposeful member of Ohio State’s nursing community through involvement in the Honors Program participating in undergraduate research.
Additionally, my interest in participating in the Honors Program at the College of Nursing is largely the product of my experiences in the University’s Honors Program during my freshman year. This past year I had the pleasure of taking honors second year english, mythology, and theatre, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed because of the degree of genuine engagement between students and faculty. I found the dialogue that took place in those classes to be distinctly satisfying because it was the result of a dynamic interplay of opinions and interpretations from people authentically interested in the material. Also, these classes challenged me to learn how to balance the pace and demand of honors coursework, which I now regard as invaluable because it taught me how to produce quality work while managing my time well. This opportunity to challenge myself and engage in an involved partnership with an honors program faculty advisor through research excites me because of the potential for discovering something extraordinary.”
How will being an investigator in a research study benefit you and your future career in Nursing?
“Another pillar of my personality, in addition to my refusal to be ordinary, is my commitment to progress. That means I believe it is of pinnacle importance that my actions and behaviors are conducive towards positive change. The change I intend to cause does not necessarily have to be profound or significant; however I do aim for it to be productive in whatever regard it is most purposeful. Currently, I am most capable of accomplishing this mission on a personal level with some collateral effects in those immediately around me. Participation as an investigator in a research study will allow me to disseminate positive change to a much larger audience through my efforts. This research opportunity will benefit me because it will provide me with a broader knowledge of my scope of practice and an understanding of how nursing and patient care is advanced by research, beyond my curriculum for the remainder of my undergraduate years. I know there are endless concepts and lessons to be learned from conducting research that will allow me to develop a unique appreciation for practicing medicine as I embark on the beginning of my career in nursing. In the future, I have aspirations of attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in nursing and potentially a Ph.D. degree with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, therefore undergraduate research experience will add dimension to my application and prime me to be a purposeful individual in the field of nursing. Being an investigator in a research study for the next three years will fuel my commitment to progress through an active role in my learning, with unlimited capacity to excite positive change in my own life, and the lives of others through my actions.”