My name is Juliana Van, and I am currently a junior at Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School. I am graduating early, balancing a schedule of 13 classes this year with volleyball as I commute one hour to school and back, volunteering weekly at a hospital, and working to spread information on traumatized cats. I aim to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon, and along the way volunteering to help improve the quality of life of those I meet. I want to attend a college in southern California, where there are vast amounts of medical opportunities, and while I pursue a biology related degree, work as an EMT to gain experience, and medical hours for college. I am passionate about medicine and helping those in need attain medical care, which is why I volunteer for a compassionate hospital, Mercy San Juan. I believe that all health care workers require a big heart, and need to be more concerned about the well-being of their patients in a holistic scale, not just their disease or illness. I am a competitive candidate because I am stepping up to my opportunities, graduating early, working harder to become a better player for my school's volleyball team, and immersing myself in medical environments to shape myself into the best health care worker I possibly can. I pride myself on become better at any opportunity, which is why I transferred schools, from Rocklin to Sacramento, because of my current school being health care based. I may commute an hour to and an hour back to home, waking up at five in the morning, and coming home at six in the evening, but it is all for my future. I will not rest until I complete my future life goals, becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon, a philanthropist, and volunteering to help others in need. And also save cats.