Coming Alive

Scholarship Entrant: Allen from Blaine, MN
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 Allen: 6

A soldier returns home to meet his family limping with one less leg. A mom has to tell her children she has coronary heart disease, giving her time with them a brutal and sudden deadline.
Medical problems like these exist everywhere. They destroy lives from the poorest towns in Ethiopia to suburbs in the United States. Amputations, heart disease, cancer. These conditions remind us that life can be forever altered at any moment.
That’s why I want to become a biomedical engineer–to stave off disease and hardship through innovation of new systems and products. Doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals work zealously, and I want to assist them in anyway I can. From designing a pacemaker to developing a prosthetic limb comfortable enough to keep a wounded veteran active on his feet, biomedical engineers can change the world.
I want to use my college education to be on the frontier of advanced medical technology. I want to build devices and engineer solutions to the problems of today and of the future. And, most importantly, I want to change someone’s life for the better. I want to give them a second chance.
As American theologian Howard Thurman once said: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Biomedical engineering—engineering solutions to the toughest medial problems—is my passion. And I aim to give the world what it needs.

Vote for Allen: 6

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