When someone is declared brain dead all that which makes them “them” is gone. Their laugh, their voice, their bad habit of leaving their dirty socks in the couch. Getting Alzheimer’s, having Huntington’s, sustaining a severe brain injury, all these affect lives in difficult ways, both of the patient and of his friends and family. The brain contains our history, our personality, our humanity. My dream job is to do research into neurological diseases, disorders and injuries to find answers, cures and treatment.I have worked with people with disabilities for several years and two of my younger brothers have autism. My grandma also has Alzheimer’s. I have also worked with children of people with mental illness and drug addiction. The brain is a source of both greatness and great misery. I would like to help the millions with mental illness and addiction, neurological diseases and those with brain injuries. I would also like to help with research for psychological trauma in children and adults. I love research and I love the brain, combining the two creates my perfect career. I have specific goals of attaining my degree in anatomy and physiology from the University of Oregon, then transferring to John Hopkins University for my graduate program and residency. I would like to do Doctors Without Borders to learn more about cultural diversity in illness.