I feel like taking this year off from school really gave me some perspective on what I wanted to do with my life. I think that I am a perfect candidate because in that time I found my voice and perfected my artistic ability. Not a lot of young adults can say that at 20 years old but I can get up on a podium and profess to the whole world what I plan on doing with the rest of my life. In the Past year I've had tons of time to really ponder what I wanted out of life, and that was to pursue a career in art. Sadly not many art based jobs are very high paying but medical illustration pays enough in this day and age for an individual to live comfortably in this economy. Financial stability is a huge deal to me because growing up poor in a very large family I saw and felt what it was like to not be financially stable. for example I remember digging into our car cushions for gas money, the embarrassing WIC cards, your parents not having enough to buy simple things like crayons, living with two or more families in one home. It was mentally and emotionally draining because when your poor people treat you differently. For example I remember being bullied in school for not wearing brand names or for wearing second hand clothes. In short life was hard growing up and I don't want to put myself or my future family through that. I'm passionate about my art and helping people, I've found that medical illustration allows me to do just that. For instance I would be tasked to formulate a visual aid for medical professionals, medical students, and patients to better understand different ailments, infections, conditions, diseases etc. In closing I'm glad that my natural talent can not only provide a career for me but also help aid others in there journey to wellness.