Major: Health and Societies, concentrating on public health
Graduation Year: 2024
My interest in science particularly comes from the fact that it fulfills my inquisitive nature and broadens my scope of the world. I adore the process of discovering new things, and hope to initiate change through the scientific process. Therefore, I have always aspired to work in the medical field, either as a healthcare worker or as a medical scientist.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. I carry the traits of a true empath, a person who is capable of really understanding and feeling what someone is experiencing from their perspective. With the capacity to place myself in another person’s position, I feel for the people that are in my underserved community within Philadelphia. There are many people with chronic diseases here that need treatment for underlying medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and asthma. Especially with the pandemic, I can see the crushing and devastating impact of what it meant to contract COVID-19 in an underserved population. Therefore, I have aspired to obtain an MD/MPH dual degree in hopes to serve my community and learn more about what it takes to promote health, prevent disease, and give the means to individuals to deal with illness and disabilities efficiently. By learning the living conditions by which people live such as environmental health impacts, the health policies that govern populations, and how health and nutrition contribute to their lives, I’ll be more equipped to explore innovative solutions to promote better health outcomes not only in my community but across the millions of people around the world. Thus, I have to do well on the MCAT, which is a very challenging test that assesses my problem solving and critical thinking skills on top of my knowledge of scientific principles, as it is a very important step in getting matriculated into medical school. However, my identity as first-generation, low-income comes with its many different struggles when it comes to educational pursuits, but having access to these MCAT review books gives me a study resource that makes reaching my future goals that much easier. These books are crucial in my content review and will help me learn different test-taking strategies as I practice for what I will see on the actual test.