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Pa’Ris Waterman


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I'm a black young lady who is determined to make difference within the health community and the African American community. There is a distrust within these two communities and I would like to bring them together little by little and patient by patient. I am very motivated, team leader, multi task, very great communicable skills and a great teammate that works well with others. My passion is to get my degree in biology and get accepted into graduate school and get my Master's in Physician Assistant known as Physician Associate. I would love for my future patients to trust me and know that I do and will forever have their best in interest when it comes to their health and their life. My passion is to be the difference in the healthcare field and make the system better than what is now. I come from a low-income household and will be struggling to make ends meet going to college and will have difficulties paying for college. I have a big dream and goal that I would love to accomplish but is in financial need to be allowed to follow and achieve my future dream and goals.


University of South Carolina-Upstate

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other

Spring Valley High School

High School
2019 - 2023


  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Physician Assistant

    • Cashier

      2021 – Present3 years



    2017 – 20192 years


    • Sportsmanship


    • Zoology/Animal Biology

      Biology 2 — Team Leader
      2022 – 2022


    • Spring Valley Singers

      Annual Winter Concert, Annual Spring Concert , Christmas Concert
      2021 – Present
    • Spring Valley Theater 2

      The Last Day Of School
      2021 – 2022

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Salvation Army
      2019 – 2019

    Future Interests




    Entrepreneurship x Forever 21 Scholarship + Giveaway
    Olivia Woods Memorial Scholarship
    "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is the book that has changed my life. This book is a classic and has had a profound effect on me. It is the story of a young shepherd boy named Santiago who embarks on an epic quest to find his true destiny. Along the way, he meets many interesting people who help him learn valuable lessons about life and the importance of chasing one’s dreams. The Alchemist has had a significant impact on my life because it has taught me the importance of taking risks in order to reach my goals. This book has shown me that if I am willing to take risks and pursue my dreams. I can succeed. It has also helped me realize that failure is often necessary to learn and grow. The book has also helped me to understand that life is a journey, and that it is important to enjoy the trip as much as the destination. The Alchemist has also provided me with insight that we all have our own true calling or reason for being. This book has shown me that I should reflect on my life and think about what I genuinely want to accomplish. It has also helped me to recognize that I have the power to create my own destiny and that the only limits I have are those I place upon myself. The Alchemist has also been an inspiration to me. It has shown me that no matter how difficult life can be, it is possible to overcome obstacles and achieve success. This book has helped me to appreciate the little things in life and to remain optimistic even when faced with adversity. Finally, The Alchemist has taught me the importance of having faith in myself. This book has shown me that I should never give up on my dreams and that I should always trust in my own abilities. It has also helped me to realize that if I want something bad enough, I can make it happen. In conclusion, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist has taught me many things that I will remember throughout my life. The most important and favorite lesson that this novel has taught me is that you should not be afraid to remove obstacles, mountains, and barriers in order to progress into your future or get to where you want to go in life. This novel has had a significant impact on my life, and I will never forget the valuable lessons it has taught me.
    Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship
    Maya Angelou once said, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently." Courage is the quality that I most definitely value within myself. And I know that people would say courage is their most valued quality, but I don’t see courage the way everyone else does. According to the dictionary, "courage" is the ability to do something that frightens one. When I think of courage, I see it as an opportunity, a chance to accomplish something extraordinary, to help get over a mountain that will make you a better person, help you with your career, and assist you with the small victories in your life journey. The ability to be courageous stands out to me above all others. The reason for this is that courage transforms fears into determination. There is a life goal that I have in mind that I would like to achieve, which is to get my master’s degree and become a physician assistant. And because of that goal, I stay courageous and determined every day to achieve it. At first, the thought of trying to accomplish this goal was fearful. The idea of all the stress, obstacles, ups and downs, work, and so on that I will have to complete this assignment has scared me away from even thinking it is possible. Every day, I tell myself that I will become a physician assistant, and I remain courageous and determined in knowing that it will happen one day. This specific quality will significantly impact my life's journey in many ways, shapes, and forms. The reason for that is that one of my primary goals is to bring the gap together or closer between the minorities and black community and the health care community. According to WebMD, an article written by Stephanie Watson and medically reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, studies show many people who are part of racial and ethnic minorities don’t trust their doctors or the medical community as a whole. Black and Hispanic people have less trust in their doctors than white people, especially if they have lower incomes, less education, and don’t have health insurance. Achieving this goal will be a tremendous task, but I’m determined and focused on bringing trust to these communities so that they can get the proper care and treatment that they need and know that someone does care about their life, health, and wellness. My grandmother always instilled in me a particular scripture "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut: 31:6). Because of her and this scripture, I stay courageous and continue to strive for my goal in life. That is the quality that defines me the most.
    She Rose in STEAM Scholarship
    How will I use my degree to improve minorities? That is a great question to ask. I’m more than happy to answer that question. Being a young black woman pursuing a STEAM degree and understanding how difficult it is for certain racial and ethnic minorities to have access to or a low level of medical treatment is what keeps me going, motivated, and encourages me to strive for my degree in biology and then going onto physician assistant school. There are so many ways to help improve minorities on a healthcare level but first, you need the right people to help with the improvement. When it comes from a healthcare point of view, a lot of minorities do not have trust in the medical system and the providers themselves which says a lot. According to WebMD, an article written by Stephanie Watson and medically reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, Studies show many people who are part of racial and ethnic minorities don’t trust their doctors or the medical community as a whole. Black and Hispanic people have less trust in their doctors than white people, especially if they have lower incomes, less education, and don’t have health insurance. And I very much understand why so many minorities don’t have trust in the system. I once had a bad experience with the system and with a provider. When the coronavirus was at its highest in the summer of 2020, I became sick. And, of course, I assumed I had coronavirus because my parents had previously been infected with this virus. I finally found the strength to go to the hospital after nearly 3 weeks of pain and constant heaving. When I was finally checked to see what was wrong, little was done to start figuring out what was wrong with me after both of my coronavirus tests had come back negative. There wasn't any blood work or anything else done. The physician only gave me nausea medication and sent me on my way. Being that, that was the first time that had ever happened to me, I can understand why the majority of minorities have distrust within the healthcare system. However, that one bad experience did not change my opinion of the healthcare system because previous visits to other physicians who cared did not have an impact on that particular bad experience. One of my main goals after receiving my STEAM degree is to help minorities trust the healthcare system. I understand that gaining the trust of the community will take time, but that is what I am willing to do. When I finish my master's degree as a physician assistant. I will make it a top priority to ensure that my patients trust me and fully comprehend how much I value them and their health. In fact, the past has created a chasm between the healthcare system and minorities. My goal is to provide as many people as possible with the proper care they require and deserve, as well as to bridge the gap between minorities and the healthcare system and providers. Indeed, my biology degree and physician assistant master's degree will benefit the majority of minorities.