Finding a New Chance

Scholarship Entrant: Melissa from Seattle, Wa
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 have always dreamed of going to medical school to pursue a career in the ER. The chance to learn something new everyday and apply my knowledge to saving lives is truly what fulfills me the most. Over the past 5 years, I realized that there are many other ways to save a life simply through a person who lends an ear. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder as well as obsessive compulsive disorder when I was 14, while I have struggled with OCD since I was in elementary school. Throughout these past 5 years, I have spent nearly as much time in the hospital as an inpatient than I have in high school, despite being a full IB (International Baccalaureate) student. My parents divorced, I realized the truth about my real dad, I learned that my brothers I had grown up with were not my true biological brothers, and I lost all of my friends. Last January I was 5’8 and 72 pounds with a heart rate in the low 30’s. I went to three residential treatment centers out of state. However, it wasn’t until I was accepted into the college I had dreamed about since I knew I wanted to become a doctor that I found a reason to pursue a future – I only had one more inpatient stay that year.
The University of Washington is renowned for its medical school. However, since I have started at the school, I have been astounded by the opportunities. I couldn’t have found a better place to start a new life. Writing this essay now, I am at a weight of 120 pounds in order to be clinically healthy enough to stay in school. No one, especially me, thought I could ever get back to 100 pounds. I began volunteering in the local Seattle high schools to help senior students prepare for college through the UW Dream Project. I mentored three students last year from Fall to Spring and they are now all college-bound, two being first-generation students. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than helping others start a new and promising path despite what everyone tells them they can’t do. I have began to volunteer at a alternative school lacking any mentorship to help students in the areas of mental health, including anxiety, depression eating disorders, OCD, etc. While everyone struggles with something, not many students have had the experiences that I have. I hope to work with students of all ages in schools and help support them in realizing that their is something out their that can give them a new chance. And this is the perfect school to get started.

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