What is appropriate in a personal statement for an application to nursing school? It seems nearly impossible to write about the reason I want to become a nurse and NOT mention things like my pregnancy, labor and delivery, family, divorce, etc. Furthermore, nurses have touched my life in good times and in bad and I'd like to mention the impact they've had on me; that being the reason I want this career for myself. To help others when they need it. However, I certainly don't want to divulge my life story and get too sappy and come off as being an emotional wreck or something.
I know there is a way to lay out the various scenarios and describe why my life experiences add up to me wanting to follow this path but I just wonder if it's bad to get too personal. But the title implies personal as in, "personal statement". Any thoughts?