Hello my name is Carolyn and like many others I’ve decided to start over with my life and career choices to help benefit my future.
In the last 5 years, my life has been a constant roller coaster of emotional events. In 2013, my dad came back home because he was too sick to take care of himself in the Philippines. That same year I was finishing up my 2-year program at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and graduating with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, which was at the time my dream. I intended to continue with the management program, which would only take 1 more year, and I would then graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management. I did not take the opportunity because coming home to NY and taking care of my dad was much more important than school at the time.
My dad was diagnosed with kidney failure, and had to go to dialysis 3x a week. The minute I came home from college, my whole life flipped into becoming an Aid for my dad alongside my mom and 2 sisters. In addition to taking care of him, I also had to look for a job. Unfortunately, the culinary job opportunities were not always available. I took whatever job I could, that would also accommodate the flexible scheduling of my dad and his appointments. It was as if I had to put my life and career on hold for him, as did my sisters.
After 3 years of taking care of him, my dad passed away on 2/21/2016. It was hands down the most traumatic event I have ever experienced in my life. I was the one who called 911 when I saw his mouth turn blue and my mom doing chest compression (she is a nurse). I was the one who flagged down every ambulance, cop, EMT worker as I ran out of my house crying because I did not know what else to do. I remember the people who came that night and comforted my mom, sisters and I as we broke down in the Emergency Room. I remember seeing his lifeless body on the gurney and not opening his eyes to see us. All I could remember is him making my sister promise him “Make sure that Carolyn gets her Bachelors Degree”.
2016 was a rough year, I watched life and death happen in the same year. My sister tells me it’s poetic, I like to think that it’s God’s way of preparing me for whatever he had planned. All I did for the next couple of years was work pointless jobs after that, just making ends meet and not fulfilling anything meaningful in my life.
In 2018, I decided to go back to school. This time was going to be different, I wanted to choose a path that I know will benefit my future. One that will keep me on my toes and ready when someone needs it. I took my deep breath, gave all my fears and doubts to my dad up in heaven and told him that I don’t need them anymore because I’m going to be a nurse. I took all my prerequisites and applied for the nursing program which, like all schools is very competitive. This past June, I received my letter and will be starting the program this Fall 2019.
I am 100% ready for this task, however, school is way TOO expensive. I am hoping someone can read my story and understand that I’ve come a long way now to finally finish school and I will NOT let the cost of school keep me from striving for my goals. Between the cost of books, uniforms, nursing equipment as well as my own personal expenses (car payments, credit card bills, gas, groceries, etc.). Anything will and can help me. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I appreciate your generosity.