A while ago I had the opportunity to be part of a Health Education England focus group. There was about 18 of us and we were asked about our experiences and why we wanted to become nurses. It got me thinking about my own experiences and the sacrifices I have made to be where I am. Sometimes I tend to forget that what I am doing is very scary and takes a lot of courage. I left home, my friends and family to move across the country alone, to a city I had never really heard of to pursue my dream career.

December is a time where I think about what has happened in the past year, and 2018 has been a bloody good one! It has been 10 months since I moved to Leicester and I honestly think it has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. I have lost people on the way. Since I have moved I have lost contact with people that I thought would be in my life for a long time, but these are just some of the sacrifices I made to be here.

I remember it being around last July when I made the decision that I would start looking at universities away from home. I never wanted to move out, I wanted to stay in my comfortable job, stay at home, stay with my friends. I remember being my boyfriend at the time and he knew how much I wanted to become a nurse, and I had mentioned to him about possibly moving away together to pursue something for both me and him and I remember his answer being “if you move away for uni, we will have to break up.” This was the deciding factor for me. I always said that I would never let someone stop me from doing what I had dreamed of.

Now I look back and I am SO proud of what I have done, and who I have become as a person. I am far more confident, I am not afraid to get stuck in and I just feel so happy. I have accepted that some people will just come in and out of your life but it’s the ones that chose to stay are the people that you need around you. Surround yourself with people who encourage you to chase your dreams, even if it means moving 150 miles away.