My Passion, My Future, & Human Rights

Scholarship Entrant: Darlene from San Jose, California
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.
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In 2012, 6.6 million children under the age of five died mainly from easily preventable or treatable causes given access to basic health care (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs178/en/). This atrociously high statistic is deplorable in an age in which research is being undertaken to produce viable organs using 3D printers, and the average person in any developed country can share information globally within seconds on a smartphone. Everyone deserves to have his or her fundamental human right to the access to basic health care and sanitation realized. The despairing fact that millions of people worldwide are denied this right is the reason why I plan to devote my career to being a physician and hopefully working for an international humanitarian organization such as Doctors Without Borders. My passion lies in providing service and compassion to others in need. I also love to meet new people, travel, and experience foreign cultures. In the fall of 2014, I will begin my studies for a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Davis. I plan to graduate within three years and begin enrollment at a medical school to earn my medical degree (MD). Eventually, I envision myself working to treat patients and prevent disease in developing countries. Although my career plans will require years of demanding work and steadfast dedication, my efforts will be worthwhile if I can contribute to universal access to basic health care and sanitation.

Vote for Darlene: 1

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