Guidelines for Personal Statement

Pierce College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age in its programs, activities or employment.

The following essay question will be scored on the basis of your ability to address the essential elements. We are looking for honesty, openness, self-awareness and the ability to problem solve.

Please submit a personal essay that covers the essential elements listed below. The essay should be a minimum of 1 page and no more than 2 pages in length, double spaced with a 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Each page should have your name typed at the bottom and signed and dated in blue ink.

This essay is intended to be an example of your ability to communicate effectively in writing while telling us more about your personal background and experiences. 

Please address one of the following elements as they pertain to you and your personal life experiences:

  1. What barriers have you faced as a student and how have you overcome those barriers to achieve success? OR
  2. Discuss how your life/work/education experience(s) prepared for you a career in nursing, OR
  3. Discuss how you have cared for your community and/or describe the role of a nurse in the community.