Short college essays

The following are examples of personal statements that were sent to Illinois State University as part of the application process.

Example 1

Growing up, I have always been passionate about making a difference in the world. From my earliest memories, I have been driven to help others, whether it was through teaching my peers in school, volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or simply lending a listening ear to a friend in need. As I have grown older, I have come to understand that my passion for helping others can be best realized through a career in healthcare.

I have been drawn to the medical field since I was in high school. I was always fascinated by the human body and how it works. As I explored the field further, I found myself drawn to the idea of providing care and comfort to those in need. I have had the opportunity to gain experience in the field through volunteer work at local hospitals, shadowing doctors, and working as a certified nursing assistant. Through my experiences, I have come to value the importance of providing quality care to all patients.

In college, I plan to continue to pursue my passion for healthcare by majoring in nursing. I believe that with a nursing degree, I will be able to provide quality care to those in need. I am also eager to learn more about the medical field and continue to explore the possibilities of a career in healthcare. With a degree in nursing, I am confident that I will be able to make a difference in the lives of those I care for.