Personal Statement

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“Hunny, please bring the bags to the car and do not forget your jacket on the counter!” my mom shouted from the bottom of the staircase. Every year for vacation, we would always prepare an emergency kit, directions, the latest updates on weather/road conditions, a portable stove, gallons of water, and the trip’s details categorized inside our itinerary organizer. However, while heading down to the Grand Canyon one year, we were stopped by a sudden snow storm and multiple roadblocks forcing us to take detours and change our plans. I have learned that plans do not always work out the way we envision them to be. Indeed, my academic itinerary also did not turn out as expected. As your eyes skim over these pages, may my story not be judged as a failure or insufficient according to conventional standards and tossed into the rejection bin; instead, I hope it is seen as footprints from the steps I have taken and as a promise of success. I strode into college confident that my years of excellence and diligence would protect me from any “roadblocks” along the way. Graduating from high school as a valedictorian, holding the highest GPA throughout high school, and attending one of the most competitive programs at a university of my first-choice, little did I expect that three years later would be the turning point where I have to leave behind all my plans and preparation when faced with one of the toughest roadblocks in my life—losing my family’s acceptance. Living under the hostility of my parents’ desires, I was forced into the mold of the person they wanted me to become: a medical doctor. I grew up hearing my family and cultural community classify doctors as “angels to the hurt” and lawyers as, well, the “scum of the earth.” Although f... ... middle of paper ... ...rthless, and toss it back onto the street. While the coin lay unnoticed by many passers-by, the second group found it, recognized its worth, invested in it, and lives were greatly changed by it. Even the mule coin’s imperfection, a cause for rejection, later were deemed its worth. Like the mule coin, my own experience might be viewed as a disadvantage. While in fact, it is my ticket into the dark passages of lives that are so in need of hope and possibilities. This also causes me to see their hidden worth so obscured by hegemonic constructs. Empower me to help others take a step forward, a step out of helplessness, a step that will save their lives. Please allow me to “be nobody-but-[myself]— in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make [me] everybody else...the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting” (E. E. Cummings).

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