Admission – Application Essay
As a young girl, I always wanted to go into medicine due to the poor medical conditions in Haiti. There is an evident shortage of doctors in the region, making it difficult for the Haitians to acquire any form of medical care. For instance, lack of medical care and clean water led to an outbreak of Typhoid Fever that caused several deaths. Also, doctors are poorly trained, which leads to several misdiagnoses in Haiti. As such, I knew I had to seek advice to engage in efforts aimed at realizing my dream. In this regard, the brace advisor was the best-suited individual to respond to my concerns. However, as much as his advice was valuable, it fell short in some aspects. For instance, he was not definitive on what my next move could be as he always advised me to go to a community college and figure out things from there. Often, this disappointed me because I learned that all the efforts I made throughout my high school career could not help me to understand my profession of choice.
I excelled in my high school education, which enabled me to join a university of my choice. However, due to being undocumented, I did not qualify for financial aid and the majority of scholarships are for permanent residents or citizens. Additionally, I had to put my dreams on hold because I had to help my mother with bills, and at times my mom would get sick, so I had to tend to her. Although I could not attend school because I was undocumented, it did not interfere with my vision of the American dream. I worked several jobs and kept my occupation as a violin instructor to put food on the table and to sustain myself through college.
Recently, I graduated from Broward College in Broward County Florida with an Associate in Arts degree. Despite this, I want to transfer to the University of Texas, Austin as a biochemistry major. My attendance at Broward has given me the opportunity to look into research since I have been interested in the research on “Tissue regeneration in Zebra Fish” and “How a plant-based diet can do kill diseases.” I wanted to brush up on some more skills, so I enrolled at Health Consulting Summer internship. Although I was not qualified, I was given a chance to intern. I acquired knowledge on ways to conduct research proposals, collect lab specimens, to be a leader, to have effective communication skills, and to create spreadsheets. Instead of allowing life to put me at a standstill, I attended seminars to better myself.
Professionally, I want to think critically in ways that will help me solve existing and emerging problems for all patients. As a medical doctor, I want to help patients from diverse backgrounds regain wellness and access quality care. Key to these achievements will be having sufficient experience.
I want to join the University of Texas (UT) since it has opportunities for growth in the research sector. UT has state of the art research facilities and is one of the world’s leading research university in the natural science department. Unlike Broward College where there limited funding and inadequate of research opportunities, the University of Texas pushes you to challenge yourself and go beyond your means. Moreover, to be a longhorn, one must think outside the box and think critically. I want to be able to gain the longhorn way of critical thinking which can lead me to become successful in medicine. I would love to have the experience of working under renowned scientist and professor John B. Good enough or learn the regulation and organization on metabolic pathways from Professor Dean Appling.
From the humble and challenging upbringing to working two jobs while studying, I have never cowered from any challenge. Instead, I face everything courageously. Therefore, even though studying at UT will probably be challenging, I do not doubt that I will succeed. Moreover, I will also impart unique sets of skills to my fellow learners and tutors.