Life Goals

Scholarship Entrant: Shi Lin from New York, NY
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 Shi Lin: 1

I have always been amazed by the human brain’s potential to learn and grow. Our brains are almost identical to other primates, yet our learning capacity and intelligence level trumps them all. If I can make a living doing anything; I would be a neurologist. My interest in how the human brain works has been strengthened by an unfortunate circumstance. A month ago my father had a massive heart attack that led to anoxic brain injury. Doctors told us that there was almost zero chance for any recovery and that he would remain in a persistent vegetative state forever. I searched online and found a few cases where the sleeping pill Ambien was able to restore cognitive ability in some brain damaged patients. I pleaded with doctors to try this as a last resort and they finally agreed. Two days later he started showing signs of renewed brain activity and doctors said it was a miracle. Tomorrow, we are finally leaving the hospital and going to a rehab facility. I have high hopes for my father’s recovery.
I want to become a neurologist and study how the brain works because there are still so much unknown mechanisms we have yet to understand. I want to specialize in brain injury and help people like my father. I am going to be a 4th year undergraduate student and hope to finish college by next year and apply to medical school. I have high hopes for myself and my father.

Vote for Shi Lin: 1

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