A better place

Scholarship Entrant: Antoinette from Huntsville, Alabama
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Antoinette: 36

As a young girl I would sit in the back seat of my mother’s 1996 Lincoln and look out of the window and every time we passed any building of significance, I would say “mom, what do they do in there?” She would look in the rear view mirror at her inquisitive child and respond, “they make the world a better place”. As I grew up that phrase resonated in my head and I contemplated on what I could contribute to this world to “make it a better place”. I cannot lie and say that I had a hard life, I was the youngest of four girls and I was my mama’s baby. Until one day my sister, became very ill, the doctor’s ran test after test and finally they determined that she had a tumor right at the front of her brain. She underwent surgery and she made it through perfectly fine. Then a year later she became ill again and once again the doctors could not determine what was causing her to have seizures and pass out. They ran every test they believed would determine the cause of her illness. Finally the doctors found a lump on her breast and decided to perform a biopsy to determine if the lump was cancerous, my sister passed away on the operating table. A few hours later the doctors returned and spoke those deadly words that no family wants to here, “we did all we could, but…” They performed an autopsy to determine what caused her untimely death, but were unable to determine the cause of her illness. It is my dream to get a biology degree Pre-Med and become a doctor so that one day I am able to help someone else’s family one day.

Vote for Antoinette: 36

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