Finding My Way

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Submitted: July 10, 2015

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Submitted: July 10, 2015



Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to do something important in my life. I was inspired by childhood figures who I aspired to be just like. I wanted to be as loving and caring as Snow White and change lives like Mulan. As I grew my child like perception started to shape my actions and I knew I wanted to enter a profession which involved service to others. I began to explore this idea by volunteering at a local Hospital.

“There’s our problem,” said Dr. Johnson. The patient held completely still. While her mother and I waited in mild suspense. The patient was an 11 year old girl who had come to see Dr. Johnson because she had been experiencing extreme discomfort in her left ear. “Look what we have here?” He used his ear scoop and gently fished out a large piece of clear plastic. We were amazed and the little girl immediately felt relief. No one could guess where this piece of plastic could have originated from or how it got lodged in the little girl’s ear. But Dr. Johnson had found and removed it.

That was one of the many patient visits I experienced during my volunteer work with Dr. Johnson for months I got to shadow him and his colleagues in their pediatric practice throughout the hospital. Ultimately, it was this experience that left an indelible mark on me. The hospital was always teeming with cases, making it an exciting and thrilling career. I enjoyed every second from watching them provide the most sensitive, comprehensive care to their patients to the long term doctor patient relationship I saw that was clearly built on mutual respect and gratitude. Day after day I thought “this is it. This is what I want to do.” I saw the scary moments, the look on a nervous mothers face. I saw the tedious moments, I lost track of all the hospital beds I had to make. I saw the triumphant moments, the occurrence of an occasional true miracle. I saw the sad moments, I watched some people break down from losing a loved one. This experience gave me a good sense of what primary care entails, from infant check-ups to teenage anxiety.

Working with children is my passion. Striving towards my goal academically, I chose AP honor classes in high school and a challenging major in biology at the university level. My ambition is to serve large populations and use my understanding of children to help alleviate their suffering. Children’s health interest me deeply from small cases such as the common flu to attention deficit disorder.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be obtained.” I believe through the practice and study of medicine I can achieve my goals but in order to do so I have to continue to work hard throughout school. Therefore, I am committed to working hard in school and going after opportunities that can help me make my goals into a reality.

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