87 minutes into the game, only about 3 minutes left to the end; score tied at 1:1. As I stood in the middle of the opposing field with several defenders ready to get the ball away from me with any means possible, I had to make several decisions in an instant.
My heart was pumping extra hard sending blood toward my limbs and my eyes dilated to absorb where my other teammates were, which defender was about to slide tackle me, and where an open space laid. As I passed the ball to my teammate on the side, I ran to the open space.I moved through the last line of defenders as my teammate sent the ball back to me. I knew the ball was coming faster than my right foot could react to give the final kick. At this point I realize that this is where I face the most important obstacle throughout this game: the choice of either to give in to my physical desire to slow down, or push myself even harder with all of my might to make this game and my team’s effort count. I chose the latter path and launched my body to head the ball; GOAL!Our team clenched this hard earned victory. In life, I find that the decisions and obstacles are no different as I have continuously been choosing the later path that has taught me teamwork, discipline, confidence, and perseverance. These qualities that I gained since high school varsity team will help me make another important goal of my life: becoming a medical doctor.
Doctors and hospitals are familiar parts of my life. I remember when both of my grandfathers passed away when I was young.My father’s side grandfather died of lung cancer while my mother’s side grandfather died of stomach cancer after being both hospitalized for quite a long time. I remember visiting both of them in the hospital and seeing doctors and nurses working passionately to help and to save those patients.
Although my grandfathers did not make it, I was inspired by the zeal of those hardworking doctors. It is this same zeal and inspiration from those days that keep me going through the school and inspire me to be the best doctor that I can become.Time management has been the most crucial point in my college life. I have had to learn to budget my time to meet school works, varsity soccer program, club leadership activities, voluntary activities in hospitals, and Physics lab assistant. Although I have had soccer practice almost every afternoon throughout the college, I served as a big brother to Wendy, a lower classman in pre-professional path. I have also volunteered as an English teacher in Korea past summers.
I also worked in St. Helena Hospital as a volunteer helping out with patients with wheel chairs and other necessities and it was here that I had my most satisfying job which was shadowing Dr. Park, a cardiologist in St. Helena Hospital.
I had seen Dr. Park having conversation with different patients and their families about the patients’ diagnosis. He was sincere in helping patients and their families understand what is going on and what he is going to do.
As I saw patient’s pain and their families trying to hold on to any slightest hope, I realized for the first time the heavy responsibility medical doctors carry on their shoulders every day. I was excited about the many things that I would be able to do in the future to help other people. This experience opened my eyes to the many possibilities in medicine and renewed my commitment to pursue this career. I realize that these are some of the medical treatments that require a lot of training and I am more than willing to devote my time and energies in the pursuit of such.Pursuing my career in medicine is just the first step in my plan. I would like to have the opportunity to take a bigger role in making the world a better place to live.
My main philosophy in life is to lead by setting an example. I cannot expect others to do what I myself would be willing to do but that does not mean that I cannot hope that others will see the example that I have shown them. This philosophy is one of the many forces that drive me to pursue my dream of pursuing a career in medicine and of becoming so much more in life.The chance to help those who are less fortunate in life, the chance to help those in need, the opportunity to be of service to humanity; these are the reasons why I have selected medicine as the profession that I will pursue; for, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…” While I personally believe that “there is no such thing as a free lunch” and that everything a person has in life must come from hard work and perseverance. There are those, however, who are unfortunate in life and therefore I also believe in helping others who do not have much in life.
This has led me to a point in life that many people have not. I have made a firm decision to recommit myself to pursuing my dreams. I believe in taking hold of my destiny and carving out a future for myself based on the decisions that I make in life. As much as I lament the loss of my grandparents, I move forward and instead dedicate my career to ensuring that these preventable losses do not happen to anyone else in the future. This is why I have chosen to apply for this course in Medicine at this prestigious institution.