In Helping Others

Scholarship Entrant: Ben from Portland, OR
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 left the military in 2012 after ten years of service. I found a good-paying job in construction that allowed me and my family to live where we wanted, however, I felt that something was missing. I kept thinking back to a doctor I had heard who was doing low-paying but vitally important research. When asked why he chose that career, in lieu of something more glamorous or high-paying, he got a serious look on his face and responded, “because I believe it is our solemn duty to make the world a better place.” Those words stuck in my head. When I was in the military, I always felt like I was doing something important, and to paraphrase that doctor, working to make the world a better place. After getting out, I missed that feeling, so I recently left my good-paying job and decided to go back to school, first to become an EMT and eventually to become a Physician Assistant. For me to be fulfilled, I have to know that I am doing important work and helping others. My plan is to work as an EMT for a year while doing prerequisite coursework for PA school. I will apply to PA programs in a year. I plan to go to school and specialize in rural medicine and underserved populations. This is how I feel I can be of the most service to my fellow humans. I truly believe that in helping others we are ourselves most fulfilled.

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