Having the ability to give aid to others in need is a passion of mine. Since the young age of five, I knew that one day I wanted to become a doctor. My aspirations were all centered on the dream of one day being able to not only make a difference in an individual’s life, but also make a difference in the world. My goals at that time were simple: earn exemplary grades and make my parents proud. As I grew older and entered high school, I refined my goals and expanded my aspirations. After being invited to St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in downtown Phoenix, my fascination with the brain and my love for children led me to pursue a career as a pediatric neurosurgeon. I knew that it would not be easy, but remaining committed to my school work, engaging in volunteer work, and learning to become a leader in my school and community would help me make my dream a reality. Now that I will soon be a freshman at the University of Arizona, I will major in Neuroscience/Cognitive Science and continue to pursue this dream that I have worked very hard for. To earn a living as a pediatric neurosurgeon would allow me to do what I love most and help me make a difference in the world by saving the lives of children and giving them the opportunity to achieve their own dreams.