My name is Jessica Hinkley and I am currently a senior nursing student at the University of New Hampshire. I love to surround myself with family and friends and constantly search for new opportunities to grow as an individual. In high school I was involved in the National Honor Society, Hall Council, Key Club and Latin Club while being on the cross country running, ski and track team. By being so involved, I learned the importance of time management and became prepared for the college experience. Being surrounded constantly by teachers, coaches, family, peers, and friends revealed my desire to always help others. I was drawn to becoming a nurse so I could fulfill this passion and have yet to stray from this tract. During my sophomore year at UNH I was chosen to serve as a Residential Assistant. This allowed me to provide social assistance to residents of dormitories, promote a social and inclusive community that accommodated the diversity of the community, and enforce university conduct policies. In my spare time I enjoy nordic skiing, running, biking, and hiking – essentially anything that involves the outdoors. During my time at UNH I have been an active member of the Student Nursing Organization and the Golden Key International Honor Society. I also served as a residential assistant and have been active in hall council. To challenge myself further, I accepted an invitation to the Honors Program and am currently working on my senior thesis. Despite the difficult aspects of nursing school, I have remained on the Dean’s list and continue to search for opportunities to grow. After becoming a registered nurse and gaining clinical experience, I plan to continue my education and become a Nurse Practitioner. From my experience working as a certified nursing assistant, I know I will continue to enjoy the profession of providing care to others and know I will make a great nurse through compassion and a strong desire to make a difference.