Leah Borland

When I was growing up, my parents were separated, and I wanted to stay as close to them as possible by following in their footsteps. My dad’s side of the family was strictly military driven, and all the women on my mother’s side of the family were nurses. When I was younger, I volunteered at my mother’s work. I loved those residents with every ounce of my being. I learned from an early age I had the empathy and motivation it takes to be a nurse.

Once I graduated high school, I joined the Air Force to help pay for my education and follow in my dad’s footsteps. I gained my national EMT certification my first six months in and practiced as a medical technician for five and a half years. I worked with skilled surgeons for five years before discharge.

While I was in the Air Force, I obtained multiple injuries. I was constantly told, “You are too young for this.” The comments only further reinforced my drive to become a nurse. I want to be the patient advocate. I have a strong pull towards pediatric oncology and hope to work in that field upon graduation.

I chose Hondros College of Nursing because the location was near me, and I could complete the program in as few as 12 months. If you are thinking about nursing school, make sure you are in it for the right reasons. You are the only person in charge of your own career. You have to persevere and put in the work, and when the going gets tough, remember what motivated you to start.