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The path that led to my interest in becoming a caregiver was, at times, quite difficult, but I am truly grateful for where my experiences have guided me. During my sophomore year of college, I went home to receive endoscopic sinus surgery in an effort to help with chronic sinus problems. After the surgery, I developed clostridium difficile colitis, which severely impacted my health for quite some time. The infection recurred several times over the course of the next year. After clearing the infection the last time, I was left with chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). During this period it was difficult to perform up to my full potential in school. My struggle with clostridium difficile impacted me to such a degree that I decided to transfer out of the school of engineering to pursue a health-related career. Having experienced firsthand how compromising certain health conditions can be, I was inspired to seek to help others through a career in the health professions. I decided to major in psychology and minor in health and wellness studies, and began to take prerequisite classes for nursing school. My studies in both psychology and health and wellness further stimulated my interest in health care. The knowledge I gained from these courses was extremely valuable. Since graduating from Binghamton University in May 2017, I have taken up a full-time position at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center as a Nursing Assistant (NA). Working in a medical-surgical/telemetry inpatient unit, I have been gaining valuable experience in a direct patient care setting. My experience with clostridium difficile has deepened my compassion for those who struggle from health problems that interfere with their quality of life and day-to-day functioning. I believe what I have gained from this experience, combined with my work experience as an NA and my passion for health care make me an excellent caregiver.