For those of you who don’t know, my name is Alexa Grygorcewicz, and I was the recipient of the TJ Myrick Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. This past December, I completed my first semester of nursing school at Regis University. Although I faced many challenges, my love for this profession has only grown.
This past semester was filled with moments of happiness, as well as stress. The first eight weeks of nursing school prepared me to work in a clinical setting. Therefore, I was pushed to learn as much as I could, as fast as I could. During this time, I found it difficult to balance school, work, and my social life. However, this challenge gave me the opportunity to strengthen my time management skills and learn the importance of self-care.
During the second half of the semester, I spent less time in the classroom and more time in the hospital. Although nerve-racking, I felt prepared to provide safe, high-quality patient care. As I completed my clinical hours, I slowly began to realize the real reason as to why I wanted to become a nurse. I want to become a nurse because I believe that it is my job to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. In addition, I also believe that my role as a patient advocate includes providing equal care and showing kindness to all patients.
With that being said, I am excited for what the future holds. I am eternally grateful for the Myrick family, as they have made my dream of becoming a nurse a reality. I would also like to thank my patients, as they have made me the person I am today.