Chronic, Not Deadly

Scholarship Entrant: Shawna from Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
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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I’m currently a junior biology student minoring in chemistry at MU. While dissecting cats and mixing chemicals may seem like the “coolest” major ever (and it is!), it has also taught me so much in my two short years at Misericordia. From reading my textbooks and attending classes, I learned that people who have graduated with a biology degree all chose this career path for the same reason: to help others. We are much more than nerdy kids who enjoy science just a little too much. We are the change that our future needs. I know you’re asking what career we would dream of getting paid for if we had the chance, but I would do this for free if it meant helping others. Growing up, I was confused by this cruel world. My life dream was to help find cures for cases that we don’t completely understand. Whether it is finding a cure for cancer so no one else has to lose grandparents like myself, or finding a more sufficient way to handle heart disease so children like my niece do not have to go through 5 surgeries before their second birthday, I think it can be done. I feel that the research being conducted and the advancement in medicine can only get stronger with students like me, and my classmates, being in the major that we are. You don’t have to pay me for happiness; I only need to know that we can make diseases chronic, not deadly.

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