Written by Maggie Gross, 2012 Taylor's Gift Scholarship Recipient
When I first started thinking about my ‘Outlive Yourself’ pledge, the answer was simple: I will make a difference in the lives of others. My dream job – a job that will make a difference – is an extension of a childhood passion of mine. When I was little, I spent many hours with my sister and friends playing with baby dolls and playing hospital. My senior year of high school, after shadowing a labor and delivery nurse, I knew I had found what I was meant to do. Now, as a senior nursing student at Texas Christian University, I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
The Smallest Things Can Have the Greatest Impact
My ‘Outlive Yourself’ spirit is not simply what I hope to do someday as an RN; rather, it is what I’m currently doing, found in my daily choices to treat others with kindness and love. Though we may not even realize it, each day we have the power to make a difference in someone’s life. My ‘Outlive Yourself’ spirit is based on thoughtfulness in simple interactions with those around me, whether as a daughter, sister, friend, student, etc.
To me, it’s the littlest things that make the biggest impact. My ‘Outlive Yourself’ spirit is why I chose nursing, and what motivates me on the hard days. I hope to outlive myself through my actions, making people feel loved and cared for, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. We all have the power to outlive ourselves and Taylor’s Gift has inspired me to outlive myself each and every day. I pledge to outlive myself by making a difference in the lives of others. How will you #outliveyourself?
Maggie is a 2012 New Tech High @ Coppell graduate and Taylor’s Gift scholarship recipient. She is currently a senior TCU nursing student (go frogs!) and will graduate in May 2016 with her BSN. She hopes to pursue her dream job as a labor & delivery nurse.