Changing the World One Person at a Time

Scholarship Entrant: Tyler from Berkeley, IL – Illinois
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 Tyler: 203

For the past 19 years, I have discovered serving people in a manner to help fulfill their needs is what I love doing most. I feel called to treat cancers and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. I discovered my calling after inhibiting an incurable disease (Achalasia) and surviving esophageal cancer. I suffered from depression, bullying because of my anorexic appearance, and a destroyed social life. Unlike a person without Achalasia, everything I ate or drank, I would regurgitate which eventually led me to feel like an outcast. The pain was unbearable and I was ashamed to be in the same company as family and friends. Worst of all, it took 3 years until I was correctly diagnosed with Achalasia as the reason I could not eat or drink anything. Throughout those three years, I felt I was treated as a patient rather than a person. Had I been treated as a person, rather than a patient, I believe the timeframe to be diagnosed would have been shorter. This is how I believe I can change the world.
I believe I can change the world one person at a time. As a student and a future doctor, I will volunteer my time to serve a mentor, as a friend, and as a role model. I will treat each person I encounter with empathy, listen to his or her concerns, and protect their integrity. I hope others will follow my example and together we can change the world.

Vote for Tyler: 203

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