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My short-term goal is to get through four tough years of medical school and learn how to effectively study and retain vital information as a student doctor so that I can apply my knowledge in the clinic when I am the one making the decisions. I also hope to learn more about myself during this time and how to become a well-rounded adult and functioning member of society. I want to learn how to cope with stress, anxiety, guilt, worries, sadness, and grief. I want to learn how to budget and professionally manage my finances. I want to learn how to assess a situation, plan, and execute that formulated plan. I want to learn how to be assertive, confident, and clearly express my thoughts on matters pertaining to medicine and patient safety. Overall, I want to learn how to be a good doctor. My long-term goal is to become an attending physician practicing in the specialty Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation while also having my own personal time to focus on essential investments in real estate, to focus on my creative hobbies like creative writing and video editing, and to spend time with friends and families and take all the fun trips and go to places of the world I have always wanted to go to. My main long-term goal is to properly budget and save money and make returns on wise, well-thought out and planned investments to create long-term, generational wealth for myself and my family and to use my wealth to help not only my immediate family, but to also leave lasting impacts and changes in the world at large.

Education

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Medicine

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - Present
  • Majors:
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

    • Pharmacy Technician

      Walmart Pharmacy
      2022 – Present2 years

    Sports

    Cross-Country Running

    Varsity
    2016 – 20171 year

    Research

    • Zoology/Animal Biology

      Rutgers Aresty Research Center — Research Assistant
      2021 – 2022

    Arts

    • West Deptford Marching Band

      Music
      WDMB 2015 "To The Heavens", WDMB 2016 "The New World", WDMB 2017 "El Corazon", WDMB 2018 "Distorted", WDMB 2019 "Elysium"
      2015 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Verga Volunteer Fire Company #1 — Volunteer Firefighter
      2017 – 2021

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Stephan L. Wolley Memorial Scholarship
    My dream of becoming a medical doctor is driven by a deep-rooted passion for improving the lives of individuals, their families, and entire communities by providing them with the gift of health and a second chance at life. This aspiration has been the guiding light of my journey, despite the significant obstacles, primarily financial circumstances, that have attempted to dim its glow. From a young age, I witnessed the profound impact of healthcare disparities within my family. As a first-generation Haitian-Nigerian in America, my family has faced enduring financial instability, which has taken a toll on our mental and emotional well-being. Access to adequate healthcare was a luxury we often couldn't afford. The stories of my family members battling health issues due to limited access to medical care fueled my determination to pursue a career in medicine. I knew that becoming a medical doctor would not only fulfill my lifelong dream but also enable me to break the cycle of health disparities affecting marginalized communities. The financial hurdles I have encountered in my pursuit of medical education have been substantial. The cost of medical school is exorbitant, and for a student with limited financial resources, it can feel insurmountable. I have diligently applied for scholarships, juggled multiple part-time jobs, and sought financial aid, all while managing the rigorous demands of a medical school curriculum. These financial struggles have been daunting, but they have also reinforced my resolve and shaped my character. I believe that my experiences with financial hardship will contribute profoundly to my practice as a medical doctor. These trials have cultivated resilience, resourcefulness, and an unshakable determination within me. I understand the value of every dollar and the importance of resource allocation in healthcare, particularly when serving underserved populations. My financial struggles have also fostered empathy and an understanding of the stressors that patients from similar backgrounds may face. I can relate to their worries about medical bills and the fear of inadequate access to healthcare. This empathy will enable me to connect with my patients on a deeper level, building trust and rapport. Moreover, my journey has equipped me with the ability to remain calm under pressure, even in life-threatening situations. During my second year of undergraduate, I found myself responding to a harrowing incident where a young woman my age was struck by a car outside a lecture hall. In that moment of chaos, I had to swiftly assess the scene and situation, provide initial care, and call for emergency assistance. I remained composed, focusing on the task at hand without being shaken by the gravity of the situation. This experience underscores my commitment to making life-saving decisions in critical moments, a vital skill for a medical doctor. In conclusion, my desire to become a medical doctor is driven by a profound commitment to addressing healthcare disparities and providing quality care to underserved communities. Despite significant financial obstacles, I have persevered and cultivated qualities that will enhance my practice. My experiences have fostered resilience, empathy, and the ability to remain composed in high-pressure situations. I am determined to use these qualities to contribute to the medical field, bridge healthcare gaps, and ensure that every patient receives the care and compassion they deserve, regardless of their financial circumstances. I am proud to be part of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's BA/MD Class of 2027, where I will finally make good on the promise I made early in my life to help the greatest number of people reach their health goals!
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    My journey as a college student with Caribbean roots has been a profound odyssey filled with struggles, resilience, and the unyielding desire to make a lasting impact on the world. Born into a fatherless household, my upbringing was marked by the remarkable strength of my Haitian mother. She worked tirelessly, juggling two jobs to provide for my older brother and me, instilling in us values of hard work and determination that would shape our futures in immeasurable ways. Growing up in a fatherless household presented its challenges, but it also kindled an indomitable spirit within me. My older brother and I learned to be hyper-independent, navigating the world and taking care of each other as we matured. The traumas we endured were not to be underestimated, but the lessons we learned from our mother's unwavering determination, grit, and relentless effort to carve a brighter future for our family inspired me. Her sacrifices were not in vain; I witnessed the tangible fruits of her labor when she orchestrated our transition from a shanty apartment in East Orange, New Jersey, to a tranquil suburb in South Jersey. This move marked a pivotal moment in my life. It introduced us to a cleaner, safer environment with reduced crime and police activity and offered access to a vastly improved education system. Witnessing the transformation of our lives, I felt an intrinsic obligation to honor my mother's noble actions by creating a pathway that would not only uplift our family but also serve as a beacon of hope for the broader black community. My resolve solidified, and I embarked on a journey of personal and academic growth. Over the years, I immersed myself in my academic pursuits, nurturing my innate talents and pushing the boundaries of my capabilities. I actively sought out opportunities to broaden my horizons, participating in a diverse array of extracurricular activities. These included quiz bowls, cross country, track, concert band, jazz band, marching band, volunteer firefighting, community service, and contributing to the church. Each experience added a layer to my character and deepened my understanding of the world around me. My journey of self-discovery, combined with my mother's enduring commitment, culminated in a defining moment. I secured my spot at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where I will embark on the transformative journey of becoming a physician. As an incoming BA/MD student for the Class of 2027, I am poised to harness my education as a powerful tool to make a positive impact on the world, especially within underserved communities. As I venture into the next phase of my life, I am resolute in my commitment to remain grounded in the key characteristics that have brought me to this point. I see my role in the medical field as an opportunity to give back to my community, my culture, and society at large. Patients tend to fare better when under the care of healthcare professionals who share similar life experiences. Unfortunately, the representation of minorities in the medical field is far from adequate, and this underrepresentation exacerbates disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. My journey as a black doctor will undoubtedly be fraught with challenges, but I am steadfast in my belief that the significance of my role is paramount. I am excited to be at the forefront of progress and development in healthcare, working tirelessly to bridge the gap in healthcare equity for minorities and individuals of lower socioeconomic status. My aspiration is not only to heal the body but also to nurture the spirit of those who have long been underserved and underrepresented.
    Hyacinth Malcolm Memorial Scholarship
    My journey through the fire service, medical assistance, and pharmacy has solidified my passion for healthcare. I am drawn to this field by my innate desire to connect with and aid patients, my love for evidence-based medicine, the intellectual challenge it offers, and the practical, hands-on skills required to save lives. As a firefighter, I honed skills in managing stress, efficient utilization of adrenaline, multitasking, teamwork, strategic planning, and coping with the emotional toll of critical situations. My role as a medical assistant exposed me to diverse medical specialties and the inner workings of the healthcare system. I became proficient in medical terminology, diagnostic techniques, and basic clinical skills like blood pressure measurement and urine sample analysis. Being a pharmacy technician provided insight into the broader healthcare landscape, including insurance, legal regulations, and billing processes. My short-term goal is to navigate the rigors of medical school, developing effective study habits to apply my knowledge in a clinical setting. I aspire to grow personally, learning to handle stress, manage finances, make assertive decisions, and express my thoughts confidently concerning patient care. Ultimately, I aim to become a skilled physician, committed to patient well-being. In the long term, I envision a career as an attending physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I also hope to invest in real estate, explore creative hobbies, and spend quality time with loved ones. My primary objective is to establish financial stability, create generational wealth for my family and contribute to meaningful global change. My deep-seated passion for medicine stems from a genuine desire to alleviate human suffering in every conceivable way. My purpose is to care for patients, providing them with the support they need to improve their lives. Medicine allows me to directly impact the well-being of those around me, and I view this as a higher calling. Receiving this scholarship will alleviate financial concerns during my medical school journey, allowing me to focus on academic excellence, research endeavors, and honing clinical skills vital for my development as a comprehensive physician. It will enable me to pursue my creative interests, maintain vital relationships, and continue my passion for teaching and learning. I am grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead and for the friends and experiences that have shaped my journey. This scholarship will enable me to fully dedicate myself to my pursuit of a fulfilling career in healthcare while contributing positively to the world around me.
    Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship
    My journey through the fire service, medical assistance, and pharmacy has solidified my passion for healthcare. I am drawn to this field by my innate desire to connect with and aid patients, my love for evidence-based medicine, the intellectual challenge it offers, and the practical, hands-on skills required to save lives. As a firefighter, I honed skills in managing stress, efficient utilization of adrenaline, multitasking, teamwork, strategic planning, and coping with the emotional toll of critical situations. My role as a medical assistant exposed me to diverse medical specialties and the inner workings of the healthcare system. I became proficient in medical terminology, diagnostic techniques, and basic clinical skills like blood pressure measurement and urine sample analysis. Being a pharmacy technician provided insight into the broader healthcare landscape, including insurance, legal regulations, and billing processes. My short-term goal is to navigate the rigors of medical school, developing effective study habits to apply my knowledge in a clinical setting. I aspire to grow personally, learning to handle stress, manage finances, make assertive decisions, and express my thoughts confidently concerning patient care. Ultimately, I aim to become a skilled physician, committed to patient well-being. In the long term, I envision a career as an attending physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I also hope to invest in real estate, explore creative hobbies, and spend quality time with loved ones. My primary objective is to establish financial stability, create generational wealth for my family and contribute to meaningful global change. My deep-seated passion for medicine stems from a genuine desire to alleviate human suffering in every conceivable way. My purpose is to care for patients, providing them with the support they need to improve their lives. Medicine allows me to directly impact the well-being of those around me, and I view this as a higher calling. Receiving this scholarship will alleviate financial concerns during my medical school journey, allowing me to focus on academic excellence, research endeavors, and honing clinical skills vital for my development as a comprehensive physician. It will enable me to pursue my creative interests, maintain vital relationships, and continue my passion for teaching and learning. I am grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead and for the friends and experiences that have shaped my journey. This scholarship will enable me to fully dedicate myself to my pursuit of a fulfilling career in healthcare without the worries of rent, car insurance, utilities, groceries and more while I can focus on contributing positively to the world around me.
    Manny and Sylvia Weiner Medical Scholarship
    My dream of becoming a medical doctor is driven by a deep-rooted passion for improving the lives of individuals, their families, and entire communities by providing them with the gift of health and a second chance at life. This aspiration has been the guiding light of my journey, despite the significant obstacles, primarily financial circumstances, that have attempted to dim its glow. From a young age, I witnessed the profound impact of healthcare disparities within my family. As a first-generation Haitian-Nigerian in America, my family has faced enduring financial instability, which has taken a toll on our mental and emotional well-being. Access to adequate healthcare was a luxury we often couldn't afford. The stories of my family members battling health issues due to limited access to medical care fueled my determination to pursue a career in medicine. I knew that becoming a medical doctor would not only fulfill my lifelong dream but also enable me to break the cycle of health disparities affecting marginalized communities. The financial hurdles I have encountered in my pursuit of medical education have been substantial. The cost of medical school is exorbitant, and for a student with limited financial resources, it can feel insurmountable. I have diligently applied for scholarships, juggled multiple part-time jobs, and sought financial aid, all while managing the rigorous demands of a medical school curriculum. These financial struggles have been daunting, but they have also reinforced my resolve and shaped my character. I believe that my experiences with financial hardship will contribute profoundly to my practice as a medical doctor. These trials have cultivated resilience, resourcefulness, and an unshakable determination within me. I understand the value of every dollar and the importance of resource allocation in healthcare, particularly when serving underserved populations. My financial struggles have also fostered empathy and an understanding of the stressors that patients from similar backgrounds may face. I can relate to their worries about medical bills and the fear of inadequate access to healthcare. This empathy will enable me to connect with my patients on a deeper level, building trust and rapport. Moreover, my journey has equipped me with the ability to remain calm under pressure, even in life-threatening situations. During my second year of undergraduate, I found myself responding to a harrowing incident where a young woman my age was struck by a car outside a lecture hall. In that moment of chaos, I had to swiftly assess the scene and situation, provide initial care, and call for emergency assistance. I remained composed, focusing on the task at hand without being shaken by the gravity of the situation. This experience underscores my commitment to making life-saving decisions in critical moments, a vital skill for a medical doctor. In conclusion, my desire to become a medical doctor is driven by a profound commitment to addressing healthcare disparities and providing quality care to underserved communities. Despite significant financial obstacles, I have persevered and cultivated qualities that will enhance my practice. My experiences have fostered resilience, empathy, and the ability to remain composed in high-pressure situations. I am determined to use these qualities to contribute to the medical field, bridge healthcare gaps, and ensure that every patient receives the care and compassion they deserve, regardless of their financial circumstances. The Emanuel and Sylvia Weiner Memorial Scholarship would not only alleviate the financial burden on my family but also empower me to continue pursuing my dream of becoming a medical doctor and making a meaningful impact on the lives of others.
    Cheryl Twilley Outreach Memorial Scholarship
    As a member deeply connected to the Black American, Black Caribbean, and Black African communities, I recognize the pivotal role that my academic achievements, extracurricular pursuits, honors, research involvement, and work background play, particularly in comparison to those in more advantaged financial positions and higher socioeconomic brackets. However, my journey to reach this point has been marked by significant challenges and trials, which I view not as setbacks but as wellsprings of inspiration and motivation for individuals within communities of color. These experiences serve as a powerful reminder of our collective strength and resilience, affirming that our potential knows no bounds. It is evident that our identity is not confined by factors such as skin color, race, socioeconomic status, or upbringing; rather, we possess the agency to shape our destinies. Much like countless individuals within the black community, I spent my formative years in a single-parent household, devoid of a paternal figure, alongside my elder brother and a determined, hardworking mother. In her absence due to multiple jobs, my brother and I assumed the responsibility of looking after one another, fostering a sense of self-reliance and independence. The challenges associated with growing up in a fatherless environment carry profound weight, yet my mother's unwavering determination, resilience, and unyielding efforts to secure a brighter future for us served as a wellspring of strength. This strength manifested when she successfully relocated us from our modest apartment in East Orange, New Jersey to a serene, safer suburb in South Jersey, characterized by improved education prospects, diminished crime rates, and a more conducive atmosphere. Observing my mother's unflagging commitment to uplift our family through improved opportunities instilled within me a profound sense of obligation to extend her noble actions beyond our immediate confines. My aspirations drove me to forge a trajectory defined by academic excellence, immersive growth-oriented extracurricular activities, and community engagement. Participation in quiz bowls, cross country, track, concert band, jazz band, marching band, volunteer firefighting, church service, and various community initiatives have enriched my journey. Presently, I have secured admission to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a prospective BA/MD student, poised to join the Class of 2027. As I embark on this next phase of my journey, it is my fervent desire to retain the core attributes that have guided me thus far. Throughout this transformative phase, my vision extends to fostering positive change for underserved communities, standing as a beacon of inspiration as a black individual donning a white coat. The research underscores the undeniable impact of a shared culture and appearance on patient outcomes. Recognizing the paucity of minority representation in the medical field, I am attuned to the challenges that await me as a future black physician. However, I am resolute in my understanding of the vital role I will play in championing the health and well-being of minority populations. The journey toward health equity for minorities and those with limited socioeconomic resources is one I eagerly anticipate leading. By embracing the role of a pioneering black medical professional, I aim to spearhead progress, innovation, and inclusivity, fostering a future where every individual's potential is unshackled by adversity.
    Social Change Fund United Scholarship
    The annals of the black community are marked by a tapestry of unspeakable cruelties and injustices, both blatant and concealed. From the harrowing legacy of slavery and colonization to the shattering of familial structures, from the scars left by the opioid epidemic to the scourge of gun violence and police brutality, the black community has been burdened by a litany of historical transgressions. Redlining, segregation, lynchings, and the unrelenting specter of generational trauma further exacerbate the pain etched onto the collective psyche. Yet, within this crucible of adversity, the black community's resilience has been unwavering. Nurtured by steadfast spiritual convictions and a fervent commitment to empathy, humanity, and justice, even the most battle-worn among us retain their core humanity when offered compassionate attention and a platform for unfettered expression. Envisioning optimal mental health within communities of color, my utopian vision pivots upon the eradication of generational trauma at its very origins. The roots of our trauma snake back to a fear of venturing beyond the confines of the familiar, trapped within an unending cycle of mediocrity. Like prisoners confined within the walls of a mental plantation, the legacy of prior generations—brutally passed down through the crucible of corporal punishment and domineering control—has cultivated an environment steeped in fear and anxiety. Our ancestors, shackled by their enslavers' mandates, propagated this vicious cycle of oppression and submission. A cycle that would flow like a poisoned river through generations, a never-ending stream of trauma. Breaking free from this cycle demands an audacious departure from the known and a courageous embrace of the uncharted. Empowering ourselves with knowledge and agency is the only way to rupture the fetters of fear. It is the duty of the bold and the conscious to dismantle this toxic inheritance and replace it with a legacy of innovation, progress, and self-affirmation. By advocating for change and embracing individual responsibility, we can disentangle ourselves from the mental chains that have ensnared us for generations. In this transformative journey towards optimal mental health, the role of mental health care and advocacy becomes paramount in achieving social justice for communities of color. As we address our mental health struggles and confront our shared traumas, we unravel the narrative of hopelessness and victimization that has enshrouded us. We must reframe our perspective, recognizing the intrinsic value of education, communal upliftment, and strong family structures. Rejecting the corrosive influences of certain cultural narratives, we pave a path toward empowerment and self-discovery. Through mental health care and advocacy, we can recalibrate our understanding of success and redefine strength. By shattering stereotypes and embracing our vulnerabilities, we will dismantle the self-destructive patterns that have held us hostage. By nurturing a climate of support and compassion, we can forge new avenues of progress, untainted by self-doubt and fear. As we empower each other to rewrite the script of our futures, the chains of generational trauma will weaken, making space for unity, innovation, and holistic growth. In conclusion, the black community's journey towards optimal mental health is interwoven with the transformation of deep-rooted traumas and the embrace of progressive change. My utopian vision envisions a departure from the legacy of oppression and a reimagining of strength rooted in self-determination and unity. By championing mental health care and advocacy, we unravel the threads of generational trauma and pave a new way forward—a way marked by resilience, self-assurance, and the realization of our boundless potential. In doing so, we will not only heal ourselves but also light the path toward social justice for communities of color, bridging the gap between the long-forgotten past and the luminous promise of the future.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    My journey in the healthcare field has been shaped by my experiences as a firefighter, medical assistant, and pharmacy technician. These roles have reinforced my passion for healthcare, as I've developed a strong connection with patients and cultivated a love for evidence-based medicine and its challenges. The hands-on skills required to save lives have also been a significant draw for me. During my time as a firefighter, I learned to effectively handle emergencies and collaborate with a team. The experience taught me how to manage stress and process grief, especially in challenging situations such as fatal motor vehicle accidents. As a medical assistant, I was exposed to various medical specialties, terminology, and clinical skills like taking blood pressure and conducting urine tests. The role provided valuable insights into the diverse aspects of healthcare, including medical reports, insurance claims, and rejections. Similarly, working as a pharmacy technician allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the healthcare system, including insurance procedures, federal and state laws, and billing practices. These experiences broadened my perspective on the crucial roles different healthcare professionals play in aiding and saving patients' lives. In the short term, my goal is to complete medical school, honing effective study techniques to excel as a student doctor. I aspire to become a well-rounded adult, learning to manage stress, finances, and emotions while becoming more assertive in expressing my medical opinions. Coping with stress, anxiety, and grief is crucial for maintaining a healthy work-life balance in the demanding healthcare profession. Looking into the future, my long-term goal is to become an attending physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Besides my medical practice, I envision investing in real estate and pursuing creative hobbies like writing and video editing. Building generational wealth for my family is essential to me, but equally significant is making a lasting impact on the world through my contributions to healthcare. My passion for medicine is rooted in my innate empathy and desire to alleviate people's suffering. I find great fulfillment in being able to directly impact patients' lives, and this sense of purpose drives me to pursue a career in healthcare diligently. Receiving this scholarship would alleviate financial burdens during medical school, enabling me to focus on academic success, research, and honing my clinical skills. The support would also allow me to prioritize my hobbies, relationships, and passion for teaching and learning from others. As I reflect on my journey, I am grateful for the experiences and friendships I've made along the way. Each step has brought me closer to my calling in healthcare, and I eagerly anticipate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. By following my passion and investing in my education, I am confident that I will be able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless patients while fulfilling my aspirations for personal and professional growth.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    My passion for making a positive impact on the world through a career in medicine has been shaped by my diverse experiences in the fire service, as a medical assistant, and as a pharmacy technician. These invaluable encounters have strengthened my resolve to connect with and assist patients, fueled my love for science and evidence-based medicine, and honed my practical skills and intellect required to save lives. As I embark on this journey, I am eager to seize the opportunities that lie ahead and contribute to the betterment of healthcare. My time as a firefighter thrust me into the heart of emergencies, exposing me to the challenges and unpredictability that each patient and case brings. Through hands-on experience, I acquired crucial skills in stress management, efficient utilization of adrenaline, multitasking, teamwork, strategic planning, and coping with grief and loss. These lessons have prepared me to handle the demanding and dynamic nature of medical practice, especially in critical situations such as fatal motor vehicle accidents. Working as a medical assistant introduced me to various medical specialties and the integral players within the healthcare system. I became well-versed in medical terminology, interpreting medical images and reports, navigating insurance claims, and performing essential clinical tasks like measuring blood pressure and conducting urine tests. These experiences deepened my understanding of the healthcare landscape and highlighted the importance of collaboration among healthcare professionals in providing optimal care to patients. As a pharmacy technician, I gained a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of healthcare workers in their mission to save lives. This role also provided me with valuable insights into insurance processes, federal and state laws governing medications, and the intricacies of billing. Understanding these aspects will enable me to navigate the complexities of healthcare delivery and advocate for patient well-being. My short-term goal is to complete four rigorous years of medical school, where I will sharpen my abilities to study effectively, retain crucial knowledge, and apply it in real-world clinical settings. I also aim to cultivate personal growth during this period, becoming a well-rounded adult capable of managing stress, anxiety, and grief. In the long term, I envision myself as an attending physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This field aligns with my dedication to improving patients' quality of life by maximizing their functional abilities. Alongside my medical career, I aspire to pursue personal interests such as investing in real estate, nurturing my creative hobbies in writing and video editing, and embarking on meaningful travel experiences. My intrinsic passion, empathy, and desire to connect with people are the driving forces behind my pursuit of medicine. Minimizing the suffering of others is at the core of my life's purpose, and a career in medicine offers me the direct opportunity to achieve this noble cause. Receiving this scholarship would alleviate financial burdens, allowing me to focus more on my medical school journey. It would relieve concerns related to rent, car insurance, groceries, utilities, and other expenses, enabling me to devote my attention to academic success, research endeavors, and developing the clinical skills necessary for becoming a well-rounded physician. Furthermore, it would empower me to prioritize the aspects of my life that matter most, such as nurturing my creative pursuits, fostering relationships with loved ones, and engaging in the joy of teaching and learning from others. I am deeply grateful for the experiences and friendships I have cultivated thus far, and I eagerly anticipate the transformative road that lies ahead. With this scholarship, I am poised to seize every opportunity, make a positive impact, and contribute to the advancement of healthcare, one patient at a time.
    Catrina Celestine Aquilino Memorial Scholarship
    My passion for making a positive impact on the world through a career in medicine has been shaped by my diverse experiences in the fire service, as a medical assistant, and as a pharmacy technician. These invaluable encounters have strengthened my resolve to connect with and assist patients, fueled my love for science and evidence-based medicine, and honed my practical skills and intellect required to save lives. As I embark on this journey, I am eager to seize the opportunities that lie ahead and contribute to the betterment of healthcare. My time as a firefighter thrust me into the heart of emergencies, exposing me to the challenges and unpredictability that each patient and case brings. Through hands-on experience, I acquired crucial skills in stress management, efficient utilization of adrenaline, multitasking, teamwork, strategic planning, and coping with grief and loss. These lessons have prepared me to handle the demanding and dynamic nature of medical practice, especially in critical situations such as fatal motor vehicle accidents. Working as a medical assistant introduced me to various medical specialties and the integral players within the healthcare system. I became well-versed in medical terminology, interpreting medical images and reports, navigating insurance claims, and performing essential clinical tasks like measuring blood pressure and conducting urine tests. These experiences deepened my understanding of the healthcare landscape and highlighted the importance of collaboration among healthcare professionals in providing optimal care to patients. As a pharmacy technician, I gained a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of healthcare workers in their mission to save lives. This role also provided me with valuable insights into insurance processes, federal and state laws governing medications, and the intricacies of billing. Understanding these aspects will enable me to navigate the complexities of healthcare delivery and advocate for patient well-being. My short-term goal is to complete four rigorous years of medical school, where I will sharpen my abilities to study effectively, retain crucial knowledge, and apply it in real-world clinical settings. I also aim to cultivate personal growth during this period, becoming a well-rounded adult capable of managing stress, anxiety, and grief. Additionally, I aspire to acquire vital life skills such as financial management, assertive communication, and critical decision-making. By developing these qualities, I will lay a strong foundation for becoming an empathetic and skilled physician. In the long term, I envision myself as an attending physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Alongside my medical career, I aspire to pursue personal interests such as investing in real estate, nurturing my creative hobbies in writing and video editing, and embarking on meaningful travel experiences. Generating wealth will allow me to create charities to give back to as many people as possible in this world. My intrinsic passion, empathy, and desire to connect with people are the driving forces behind my pursuit of medicine. Minimizing the suffering of others is at the core of my life's purpose, and a career in medicine offers me the direct opportunity to achieve this noble cause. Receiving this scholarship would alleviate financial burdens, allowing me to focus more on my medical school journey. It would relieve concerns related to rent, car insurance, groceries, utilities, and other expenses, enabling me to devote my attention to academic success, research endeavors, and developing the clinical skills necessary for becoming a well-rounded physician. I am deeply grateful for the experiences and friendships I have cultivated thus far, and I eagerly anticipate the transformative road that lies ahead. With this scholarship, I am poised to seize every opportunity, make a positive impact, and contribute to the advancement of healthcare, one patient at a time.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    Amid a chilly February morning in 2022, I found myself seated at a local college cafe, enjoying a protein bar. Two girls had left the cafe as I sat down contemplating where I should go next. My spirit told me it was time for me to leave as well and walk to the gym, so I obliged. As the girls in front of me were crossing the road, tragedy struck: a speeding car collided with one of the girls, sending her soaring through the air until she landed near the curb. Witnessing this horrifying event left me momentarily stunned, but my firefighter instincts swiftly took over. Without hesitation, I sprinted toward the injured girl. I arrived at her side first, assessing both the situation and her condition. Though visibly shaken and bruised, she miraculously remained conscious and coherent. Engaging in conversation, I reassured her that help was on its way and advised her against attempting to stand. However, she insisted, extending her hand towards me, requesting assistance in rising to her feet. Considering her ability to speak clearly and move independently, I made the judgment that it would be unsafe for her to remain on the road. Carefully, I aided her in standing and guided her to a nearby bench, simultaneously instructing the driver involved in the accident to park her car and remain in place. Tearful bystanders, still processing the shocking events they had witnessed, offered their support and assistance. Remaining by the girl’s side, I provided comfort and solace as we awaited the arrival of the police and EMS. Inquiring about her recollections, identifying any areas of pain or bruising, and determining if she needed to reach out to specific individuals, I aimed to alleviate her distress. Fetching her backpack and offering a warm coat, I hoped to bring her some measure of comfort during this overwhelming ordeal. As the adrenaline coursing through her body began to subside, she became acutely aware of the profound impact this incident had on her. Tearfully expressing her gratitude, she commended our swift response and the care we had shown in ensuring her well-being. Throughout the entire ordeal, I remained steadfastly at her side, only parting ways once she was safely in the ambulance. Before the doors closed, I took a moment to ask her name: Riya. This powerful encounter with Riya and my immediate response to her dire situation serve as a testament to my unwavering selflessness and relentless dedication to serving others. Whether it be holding open a door for a person in a wheelchair, stooping down to retrieve dropped coins for an elderly individual, rushing a disabled man in his wheelchair to catch his departing flight, or reuniting a panicked mother with her lost child in a store, my commitment to supporting those in need knows no bounds. I undertake these actions without any expectation of reciprocation. Instead, I wholeheartedly embrace my life's purpose: to extend a helping hand to as many individuals as possible, demonstrating that humanity can transcend selfishness and embody selflessness, altruism, love, and compassion. My encounters with Riya and countless others have fortified my belief in the transformative power of selfless acts. By dedicating myself to serving others, I aim to create a lasting impact on the world and inspire individuals to rise above their self-interests. It is my fervent conviction that through acts of kindness and compassion, we can forge a brighter and more empathetic society.
    Velez NJ Scholarship
    Greetings, My name is Bassey, a 21-year-old college student who has been accepted into a highly competitive and prestigious 3+4 BA/MD program. In just two weeks, I will begin my journey into medical school. The path that led me here has been an intriguing one. In fifth grade, I eagerly joined my middle school band with the aspiration of playing the flute or saxophone. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, my family couldn't afford those instruments. However, my middle school band director recognized my potential and lent me a trumpet to play. Surprisingly, I excelled at it! It was during this time that I formed a bond with my best friend, Shay, who also shared a passion for music. Initially, we were rivals, constantly pushing each other to surpass our musical abilities. However, as time went on, our rivalry evolved into a strong and unbreakable friendship. By the end of seventh grade, Shay and I had become proficient musicians, earning us a place in our high school marching band. Remarkably, we became the youngest members of the band. We played the mellophone and achieved consecutive victories and championships in various competitions. Concurrently, we took on leadership roles within the band while participating in cross country and track. Additionally, we challenged ourselves academically by enrolling in Honors and AP courses. During our sophomore year, Shay and I joined our local fire department as volunteer firefighters. We underwent rigorous training, obtained our Firefighter I certification at the age of 18, and began responding to emergencies such as house fires, motor vehicle accidents, and medical calls. Together, we embraced challenges and endeavors that promoted personal growth, shaping us into the best versions of ourselves. Today, Shay is pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, while I embark on my journey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to become a future physician. I owe much of my success to the time spent with my ambitious, curious, and passionate best friend. Our positive association has propelled us forward in life, supporting each other's endeavors. I am immensely grateful to have such a profound connection with him. The Velez NJ scholarship holds the key to realizing my educational aspirations. Financial stability plays a pivotal role in enabling students to wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to their studies. It alleviates the burden of financial worries, allowing individuals to fully engage in their academic pursuits. As a medical student, I face increasing difficulties due to inflation, heightened stress in the digital age, declining mental health stemming from social isolation, and the challenges of coping with personal problems and unexpected life events during these crucial training years. As a minority student, born to immigrant parents who arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs, I have personally experienced poverty and the associated traumas. These experiences have instilled in me a profound appreciation for life and a strong work ethic. I firmly believe that the universe rewards those who wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to something they love. I have been blessed with academic talents, as well as an unwavering determination and resilience. I aspire to utilize my knowledge and skills as a future physician to empower other virtuous individuals and help them experience the extraordinary gifts that the universe has to offer. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your commitment to assisting struggling minority students in New Jersey. The BIPOC community is truly appreciative of these genuine opportunities for growth and development. Thank you for considering my application.
    Servant Ships Scholarship
    As a Christian seeking to make an impact on the world through education, I had the privilege of encountering a profoundly insightful book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. Within its pages, Dr. Peterson presents a structured framework of principles that illuminate the path to finding purpose and meaning, particularly in the face of great suffering and tragedy. Drawing upon a diverse range of disciplines such as history, mythology, literature, films, psychology, neuroscience, and religion, he skillfully expounds upon these rules, crafting each one as if it were a captivating story. Peterson reminds us that stories have the power to provide a deep understanding of our world. Of particular resonance to my Christian faith are the powerful examples drawn from the Old Testament that Dr. Peterson employs throughout his book. Delving into the Genesis account, he reveals that the concepts of Order and Chaos emerged as God shaped the heavens and the Earth. It becomes clear that Order and chaos must coexist; without them, life itself would cease to exist. Through their simultaneous presence, we discover aim, purpose, and meaning. Chaos represents boundless potential and infinite possibilities, while Order guides and directs these possibilities toward a singular path. In his exploration of the story of Cain and Abel, Dr. Peterson underscores the weighty significance of Cain's act of fratricide. Cain not only extinguished an innocent life but also eradicated an ideal and virtuous existence. God rejected Cain's efforts and works, for they lacked the substance and purity of heart exhibited by his brother, Abel. Cain's resentment and hatred, not only towards his brother but towards the Creator Himself, clouded his mind and drove him to commit an atrocious act. This act set in motion a chain of events that ultimately led to the creation of the first weapons of war. Dr. Peterson often invokes this story to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility and the perils of living a life motivated by spite towards God, rather than accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions. Moreover, Dr. Peterson's reminder that even Jesus Christ Himself experienced feelings of abandonment before the cross resonates deeply with the universal nature of human suffering. No individual, not even the Son of God, is exempt from the realities of suffering. However, in the face of unimaginable anguish and the burden of the world's sins, Jesus valiantly carried His cross and bestowed upon humanity the gift of forgiveness through His eternal sacrifice. "12 Rules for Life" serves as an expansive exploration of the Judeo-Christian values that form the bedrock of Western civilization and culture. Our morals, philosophies, principles, laws, art, and even our economic system are built upon the ancient Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament, enabling Western civilization to flourish for thousands of years. Dr. Peterson reminds us that the suffering we experience today is not unique to our generation; even in ancient times, individuals wrestled with the meaning behind their trials and tribulations. Through profound stories, our ancestors imparted timeless lessons, emphasizing our responsibility to seek meaning amidst suffering and to emulate Christ by carrying our cross. Inspired by the teachings of Christ, it has become my duty to bear my cross, uplifting my family, friends, and community. With a strong focus on mental health advocacy and education, I am determined to make a positive impact on the world. By equipping individuals with the tools to navigate their suffering and discover meaning, I aspire to bring hope, healing, and inspiration to those who suffer immensely.
    Henry Bynum, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Adversity is an integral part of our journey through life. Every human being, from birth, must shoulder their responsibilities and adversities. Chaos, struggle and suffering await us all in life, but these things also make room for opportunities, triumph, success, and joy. The existence of the negative allows for the existence of the positive. One of the greatest adversities I have had to overcome in my life was the death of my biological father over two years ago. Although my father was not present every day in my life due to him and my mom being separated since I was a toddler, I still spent some time with him, got to know him, saw him for all his strengths and weaknesses, and I developed a deep, interpersonal father-son connection because, to my eye, my father was my superhero. My relationship with him fractured as I got older and realized some of his worst flaws and why my mother and he could not stay together, namely, his alcoholism, which nearly destroyed our family. My mom saw his drinking behavior as concerning and dangerous for my older brother and me to witness, so she chose to take on the hardships of being a single mother, single-handedly raising two kids without his support. Seeing my mom work day in and day out to provide for my brother and me, and later move us to an area that had a safer, cleaner environment and offered more opportunities, left a profound impact on my mind in terms of my work ethic and how I shoulder the burden of responsibility onto myself. My mom taught me that if you have an issue in life, it is solely your job to fix it. As I grew older, it became axiomatic that my father never learned this lesson. My father's death had a profound impact on me, although I initially underestimated its magnitude. I remember sobbing profusely, screaming to God why he would take my father like that. With his absence, I knew it was my responsibility to fill the void and become the best version of myself for the sake of my family and future children. His passing taught me humility and the importance of seeking help when needed. Before his death, I used to take on everything by myself and I would spiral chaotically in my mind and become extremely anxious, stressed and depressed. However, I now prioritize my mental well-being, set boundaries, seek expertise from others, and allow people into my life. Though I learned many great lessons from my mother, her conceptualization of the world and what burdens to carry do not necessarily suit everyone, and I had to learn to be my own individual, my own man, and stop seeking validation and approval from others. I aspire to demonstrate to my community that adversity manifests differently for each individual. We must recognize our desires and needs, knowing when to face challenges alone and when to seek support. As social creatures, human connection is essential for our sanity and stability. Without it, we feel lost, lonely, depressed, anxious, and lacking emotional depth. I encourage the black community to understand that it is not shameful to lean on others or seek a shoulder to cry on. However, it is equally important to commit to carrying our burdens and responsibilities. Together, we can affirm, heal, build social connections, strategize, and elevate ourselves. Developing self-confidence and competence will enable us to excel in the modern age and promote a positive self-image of the black community and its culture.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    An honest, truth-driven wise old sage with an immense breadth of knowledge, depth, intellect, experience, and resilience from the trials, tribulations, and traumas of life, but who has overcome these adversities through persistence and adopting personal responsibility, and is willing and ready to lay out the path for others that wish to conquer this beautiful design we call Life, and look back at the end of their individual lives with a sense of satisfaction and without regrets.
    Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
    Volunteering has allowed me to experience a world in which obligation and pressure to sustain oneself financially is entirely removed from the equation and the real question becomes: why are you choosing to sacrifice precious hours and potential capital in order to serve your community? My first taste of volunteer work came during the summer of 2016 headed into my Freshman year of high school when my friend and I volunteered at our local library to help organize bookshelves, clean desks, computers, bathrooms, and the carpeted floor, prepare books to be shipped to other libraries, and coordinate activities for youth programs at the library. Though many may see organizing and cleaning for free as grunt work, I saw this role as crucial for the integrity and longevity of public libraries as clean, distraction-free safe spaces where people can check out books, do work on their computers, play games, or work on group projects and essays. It was a massive culture shock to me to see how many people still rely on public libraries for information or computer access, especially among elderly populations and low-income individuals. In my heart and soul, I knew that my work in upkeeping my community's library translated to the elderly couple being able to rent out a home movie or an old classic novel, and the single mother of six children being able to file her taxes when she has no computer nor Internet access at home. With proper care, attention to detail, and lots of sacrifice, volunteer service can transform the lives of people you meet every day and allow them to get from a really tough phase of their life to a phase where they are flourishing and living out their dreams of a better future. My most insightful, exhilarating, and proudest volunteer work for my community was my time as a volunteer firefighter. Through this experience, I touched the heart of my community at a more intimate, personal level. In the emergency services, people's lives and livelihoods are at stake, and they call upon first responders to preserve life and property. First responders are witnesses to the harsh realities of nature and human behavior, but we make the most of every situation, preserve and protect what we can, grieve what we have lost, analyze, debrief and reflect on what we could have done better, and take the lessons we have learned from prior calls to mentally fortify ourselves for the next alarm. Each time the bell rings, we are responding to different scenarios, with different sets of challenges, different players, different environments, and different outcomes. Within the chaos of the firefighting realm, I found who I truly am. I found that I am a man sent by God with a duty to serve mankind and to preserve and protect what we cherish most: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As I prepare to enter medical school and face a novel challenge, taking on the great burden of student debt, I am reminded of the sincere and generous donors who want to see students strive and aim for their highest potential without the stress that finances can wreak on one's mind. The same noble, virtuous qualities that define those who take on volunteerism can be found in donors that stake their life's earnings and hard work to charitably give to others and empower them to give back to future generations. This creates a positive feedback loop of generosity, humility, and charity and reminds us of the positive heights the human soul can occupy. Thank you for your sacrifice and benevolence!
    Kim Moon Bae Underrepresented Students Scholarship
    As a member of the Black American, Black Caribbean, and Black African communities, I understand that where I stand in terms of my academics, extracurricular achievements, honors, research experience, and work experience are tantamount to those who are well-off financially and occupy a higher rung on the socioeconomic structure. However, my struggles to get to where I am is not something to be scoffed at, rather, this should serve as inspiration and motivation for those in communities of color. It should remind us that we are powerful and resilient and can do anything we put our minds to and that skin color, race, socioeconomic status, nor background define who we are and where we will end up in life. Just like many individuals in the black community, I was born and raised in a fatherless household with my older brother and my single mom at the time who worked two jobs to provide for my older brother and I. While my mom was away at work, my older brother and I had to watch over each other and be hyper-independent and self-sustaining. The traumas of growing up in a fatherless household cannot be understated, however, I found strength and courage through my mom's determination, grit and effort to create a better life for my brother and I, and I saw the fruits of her labor for myself when she moved us out of our scanty apartment in East Orange, New Jersey to a nice, quiet suburb in South Jersey with a cleaner, safer environment, less crime and police activity, and a much better education system. Witnessing how much my mom struggled to get our family into a better area with more opportunities, I felt an innate duty to pay her noble actions forward and forge a path for myself that would uplift my entire family and potentially the black community as a whole from leading by example. Over the years, I delved deep into my academic gifts and excelled in my schoolwork, I involved myself in immersive, growth-oriented extracurriculars such as quiz bowls, cross country, track, concert band, jazz band, marching band, volunteer firefighting, community service, service to the church, and much more. Currently, I have secured my spot at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as an incoming BA/MD student for the Class of 2027. Throughout this next phase of my life, I hope to not lose the key characteristics that have brought me to this point, and I wish to provide for underserved communities as a black man who will wear the white coat. Evidence has shown that patients do much better under the care of someone who looks like and shares the same culture as them. With the underrepresentation of minorities in medicine, I understand that my future as a black doctor will be a challenging one, but I know how vital my role will be for the minority population and I cannot wait to be at the forefront of progress, development, and striving towards health equity for minorities and others of lower socioeconomic status.
    Corrick Family First-Gen Scholarship
    My experiences in the fire service, as a medical assistant, and as a pharmacy technician have all culminated to confirm that I wish to pursue a career in healthcare because of my natural inclination and desire to want to connect with and help patients, because of my love for science and evidence-based medicine, because of the challenges and novelty each patient and each case presents, and because of the practicality, application, hands-on skills, and high use of intellect required to save the lives of patients. As a firefighter, I got to be at the heart of emergencies and get my hands dirty with tools, equipment, devices, and regular people that were in the emergency. I have learned the necessary skills to manage stress, how to utilize adrenaline safely and efficiently to get a task completed, how to comprehend and execute multiple commands being given at once, how to work together with a team, how to plan and execute strategies, and how to process grief and loss, especially for particularly bad calls such as fatal motor vehicle accidents. Being a medical assistant opened me up to various specialties in medicine and all the essential players in the healthcare system. It helped me familiarize myself with medical terminology, medical images and scans, medical reports, insurance claims and rejections, and I was taught basic clinical hand-skills like how to take someone's blood pressure, how to obtain a urine sample and test it for certain infections, and much more. Finally, being a pharmacy technician gave me an appreciation of other healthcare workers essential in aiding and saving the lives of patients and has made me a better grasp on insurance, federal and state laws, and billing. My short-term goal is to get through four tough years of medical school and learn how to effectively study and retain vital information as a student doctor so that I can apply my knowledge in the clinic when I am the one making the decisions. I also hope to learn more about myself during this time and how to become a well-rounded adult and functioning member of society. I want to learn how to cope with stress, anxiety, guilt, worries, sadness, and grief. I want to learn how to budget and professionally manage my finances. I want to learn how to assess a situation, plan, and execute that formulated plan. I want to learn how to be assertive, and confident and clearly express my thoughts on matters about medicine and patient safety. Overall, I want to learn how to be a good doctor. My long-term goal is to become an attending physician practicing in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation while also having time to focus on essential investments in real estate, focus on my creative hobbies like creative writing and video editing, and spend time with friends and families and take all the fun trips and go to places of the world I have always wanted to go to. My main long-term goal is to properly budget and save money and make returns on wise, well-thought and planned investments to create long-term, generational wealth for myself and my family and to use my wealth to help not only my immediate family but to also leave lasting impacts and changes in the world at large.
    Alma J. Grubbs Education Scholarship
    Somewhere I heard that education sets you free. There are very few statements in life that summarize the human experience universally, but this statement is one of very few that capture the essence of human existence. From a young age, my parents, born in very poor, third-world countries, instilled the value of education in me from birth. In countries like Haiti and Nigeria, where access to education is limited and the ability to leave one's home to start a life in a wealthier nation with better access to education, healthcare, and work, is truly a testament to the character, resilience, determination, and work ethic of the individual that made their escape. In my parents' case, education is what set them free. I am passionate about education because I wish to set others free to live the life of their desire. We only know this one life we have here on Earth, and we should all do whatever it takes to make the most of this life and help others. Education allows one to gain knowledge, experience, insight, social and hands-on skills to be able to be a productive member of society and to curate their reality. Without education, ignorance pervades, and ignorance leads to resentment, despair, anger, depression, anxiety, and many other negative emotions that ruin an individual both mentally and physically, and leads them down a dark road of no return and utter chaos and destruction. I educate others who are in a dark place so that they may see the light at the end of the tunnel and work towards a better future for themselves, their siblings, their parents, their friends, their children, and their community. My teachers saw this limitless potential in me and my thirst for knowledge, and they provided me with every resource, every opportunity, and every lesson they could pass on to me so that I could apply them in my own life and get to the next stage where I could uncover more valuable lessons on the secrets of life and the laws of the universe. The most valuable lesson I learned from my teachers summarized in one sentence is: what you put in is what you get out. I believe in manifestation, and I am convinced that if I work hard, treat people with sincerity, kindness and respect, do unto others what I would want to be done unto me, and offer charitable services with an open heart, the universe will naturally reward me things I could never even imagine. So far in life, I have been blessed and rewarded with such things I never thought possible because I spread my knowledge and passion so openly among my peers and I work hard to attain my goals. I plan to leave the students I teach with that one simple lesson I learned and I continue to witness daily: what you put in is what you get out. It is my hope, with this simple concept, that students will be able to see their limitless potential and tap into those gifts provided to them by God so that they may curate their lives the way they see fit and create a better world and a better future for all that will inherit this good Earth.
    Andrea M Taylor Future Doctors Scholarship
    I am interested in medicine because I was born with the passion, desire, and empathy to connect with people and want to help them in every feasible way I can. My main goal in life is to minimize people's suffering in whatever way I can, and there is no better career to attain such a cause than medicine where you are directly impacting the lives of those around you. To be able to care for patients means that I have cared enough and am grateful for my existence on this planet and that I have a higher purpose. As a first-generation, African-American college student who is about to enter Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Class of 2027 this July because of my acceptance in their competitive, prestigious 3+4 BA/MD program, I have to give credit to my hardworking Haitian mother and stepfather who have provided and supported me and the rest of my family day-in and day-out. They both work difficult, labor-intensive, low-paying jobs, but with their financial brilliance and saving skills, have provided a safe, comfortable life for my siblings and me. I credit my close friends, teachers, mentors, employers, and community service leaders for allowing me into their lives to become part of their experience, organization, and relationship while instilling in me essential values such as teamwork, camaraderie, loyalty, perseverance, and how to have fun. Finally, I credit my Haitian family doctor who served as a role model for me during my early undergraduate years and brought me under his wing as a medical assistant and taught me valuable clinical hand-skills, professionalism, resilience, work ethic, and communication skills needed to be an indispensable medical doctor for the community at large. My experiences in the fire service, as a medical assistant, and as a pharmacy technician have all culminated to confirm that I wish to pursue a career in healthcare because of my natural inclination and desire to want to connect with and help patients, because of my love for science and evidence-based medicine, because of the challenges and novelty each patient and each case presents, and because of the practicality, application, hands-on skills, and high use of intellect required to save the lives of patients. As a firefighter, I got to be at the heart of emergencies and get my hands dirty with tools, equipment, devices, and regular people that were in the emergency. I have learned the necessary skills to manage stress, how to utilize adrenaline safely and efficiently to get a task completed, how to comprehend and execute multiple commands being given at once, how to work together with a team, how to plan and execute strategies, and how to process grief and loss, especially for particularly bad calls such as fatal motor vehicle accidents. Being a medical assistant opened me up to specialties in medicine and all the essential players in the healthcare system. It helped familiarize me with medical terminology, medical images and scans, medical reports, insurance claims and rejections, and I was taught basic clinical hand-skills like how to take someone's blood pressure, how to obtain a urine sample and test it for certain infections, and much more. Finally, being a pharmacy technician gave me an appreciation of other healthcare workers essential in aiding and saving the lives of patients and has enabled me a better grasp on insurance, federal and state laws, and billing. Viktor Frankl's "Man Search for Meaning" is the book I credit most for knowing my pursuit and passion for medicine is inherent and is my inscribed purpose during my lifetime.