Thrive, not Survive: Improving Lives through Immunology

Scholarship Entrant: Khalidda from Killeen, Texas
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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What I would love to do more than anything else in the world is to be an allergist. It is my dream to spend as much of my life as possible helping people manage or even cure their allergies. It concerns me that the number of people suffering from allergies rises every year. As an allergy sufferer myself, I know how much it can hinder a person from enjoying life to its full potential.

Ever since I was little, I struggled with living as normal of a life as possible with my allergies. I hated every moment of it and vowed to do everything I could to help others facing similar problems. It took me a few years, but I finally figured out my plan of action. First, I would obtain my Associates degree in biology at a community college. Then, I would transfer over to a university and get my Bachelor’s degree in microbiology. Next, I would go to Johns Hopkins to earn my Ph.D. in immunology. Finally, I would get a job at a clinic where I could spend my days saving lives and helping people enjoy their lives as much as possible.

For me, becoming an allergist is more than getting a chance to live my dream. It is a chance to help other people live theirs. Life is a precious thing that would never be wasted worrying about how to survive.

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