Some Roads Are Longer Than Others

Scholarship Entrant: Jerry from Converse, TX
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 Jerry: 1

I was absent from school the day they handed out career maps. One of my clearest memories from high school was a particularly frustrated guidance counselor offering me a copy of What Color is Your Parachute and a halfhearted sign of the cross two weeks before graduation. It wasn’t until 10 years later, after I’d tried college and joined the Army, that I found my calling in small clinic in South Korea. It was the first time I’d ever worked in a rural setting and the first time a doctor had allowed me to assist with immunizations, patient screenings, and minor routine procedures. I came away from the experience certain of two things: what I love most in this world is helping people; and what I want to do with the rest of my life is practice rural medicine. Medicine offers the opportunity to impact so much more than your immediate environment. I’ve seen first-hand how the health and well-being of your patient affects their friends, families, and the community around them. Family care providers in rural settings often see patients as far away as 200 miles and frequently volunteer for one year tours with organizations such as Doctors without Borders. They help shape the world around them and safeguard global health.

Vote for Jerry: 1

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