Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success Essay

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Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success
Conrad Cordova
January 24, 2013
Kathy Watson

Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success
I have made three monumental decisions in my life. The first was to join the military, which led to a very rewarding and exciting military career, where I refined the core values I live by today. The second life-changing decision, and greatest accomplishment, was getting married and starting a family, which I value most in my life. My decision to return to graduate school and pursue my Master’s degree and become an advanced practice nurse is the third most challenging decision of my life. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you” (Moncur,
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I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in nursing with a 3.98 grade-point average. I just needed to mature and learn to believe in myself.
My short-term goal is graduating from University of Phoenix with honors. This will not only prove that I have met the rigid requirements needed for graduation, but also that they have been accomplished with a high level of proficiency and excellence. This is important to me because I came from a very poor family and believed I would never go to college. I want to teach my children and be the example that anything is possible.
My daughter was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type I (NF-1) a few weeks after birth. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that can lead to tumor growth anywhere on the body. It can also lead to blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, and cancer (Plon, 2012). I live with NF, as do two of my children. As president of the Arizona Chapter of The Children’s Tumor Foundation, I have met many families with children and adults severely affected by this disorder. It is often misrepresented as the “elephant man’s” disease in the media and by health care providers (Legendre, Charpentier-Cote, Drouin, and Bouffard, 2011). A common healthcare issue this population of patients faces is a lack of specialized primary care providers who have a specialty in NF related health issues. It is my passion and long-term goal to become an NF-specialized

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