The Personal Statement that got me into UC Irvine&UCSF Medical Post-Bacc Programs
Below is the personal statement I used to apply and get accepted to these programs. It is the cliff notes of my life, raw. Unfortunately I modified it over time and lost the original conclusion but you get the idea. :)
In the previous post I didn't speak to this part of my life so it may get confusing. So, my last semester of college I applied to Post bacc programs for medical school and gained acceptance into two. When I chased that dream, money slammed the door in my face and said, "not today!" When I built myself back up from being homeless and jobless back in Fresno California for the FIRST TIME, I decided to apply out right to Medical school with the thought of "no regrets." By this time I already disliked how the medical system worked, but I felt like I was selling myself short if I didn't follow through. So this is the statement that got me into the Post-Baccs.
My childhood was spent moving from small Central Valley rural towns in my stepfather’s pursuit of a stable job. Before I entered high school, we finally settled in the small town of Laton (pop. 2000). It was during this time that I discovered through a peer that my parents’ were drug users. This was hard to believe but after awhile, it all made sense. It explained my stepfather’s rages, his extreme jealous, controlling, paranoid behavior, his inability to hold a job, the strange people who frequented our house, and the room I was banned from entering. Angered, ashamed, heartbroken and worried about my mom’s safety, the situation only worsened from here. After months without stable electricity and food and with the domestic violence escalating, I pleaded for my mom to leave but she refused. With the help of a friend, I moved out at sixteen and found solace and stability with a new “adopted” family. During this time, I experienced what it meant to have security at home and where I received some of the best advice of my life, that with hard work I could do anything and go anywhere. I took this advice and ran with it.
While the high school I attended was small and the expectations of students were low, I seized every opportunity offered because I believed educational success would be my escape to a better life. While attending a school of 200 had its limitations, I felt fortunate that I was able to participate in most of the school activities from softball to the school newspaper. School would become my outlet because my parents discouraged social activities. At sixteen I had two jobs, paid rent and learned to be financially independent. I graduated at the top of my class and found a way to go to Fresno State without my parent’s financial support. My escape.
It was this lifestyle and these hardships that fueled my desire to be successful in college. Armed with a hard work ethic, a frugal sense, and a commitment to succeed, the next step was determining what success meant. I had not received much career guidance in high school but I loved CSI on TV and thought forensic science would combine my love for science and a desire to work with people. After working in a forensic research lab, I discovered it was not my calling, but I was definitely intrigued by Biology.
My search for opportunities would lead to a clinical internship working with an Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Spano. Dr. Spano, blew me away with her intelligence, knack for teaching and infectious energy and enthusiasm. I learned that emergency medicine physicians have to know just about everything to treat the array of patients they encounter everyday and I loved every minute of it. The emergency department worked like a well-greased machine. The nurses, volunteers, social workers and physicians all knew each other on a first name basis and continuously worked together to ensure the best patient care. Witnessing the abilities of Dr. Spano and the teamwork that was carried out in the Emergency Department finalized my “on the fence” career goal; I wanted to be a physician.
After concluding my internship, I was selected to remain in the hospital as a HOST Program volunteer, which allowed direct patient interaction and more responsibilities. At the hospital, I often observed patients with similar backgrounds as mine with health problems often complicated by drugs, abuse, and poverty. I would feel a strong connection with these patients and find myself able to relate to and empathize with them. I felt hope for these patients and a commitment to serve them. This newfound passion would give me the drive to work with my peers in co-founding the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter on campus. The AMSA chapter helps students from all backgrounds reach their goal of becoming a physician by creating networking opportunities with physicians around the Central Valley and more opportunities for students to serve their community.
I cannot find the conclusion of my original statement the following was a plea to anyone to help me in my financial shortcomings for the very program I wrote this to get into.
"I am now a proud graduate of Fresno State but have hit a financial roadblock in furthering my education. All donations will go directly to paying tuition for the UC Irvine program and will more than appreciated."
AN AFTER THOUGHT
Something I am very proud of is creating AMSA at Fresno State. I met one of my best friends through creating that program and have watched more than a handful of people come out of it and become DOCTORS!!!! So cool. My legacy lives on at CSUF.