My goal in life since I was little was always to be a physician. That's always been so and will never change. There's not a better career in the world to me that better combines the passion for science and technology with the humility, joy and spontaneity of caring for people. As I enter a vast world of science, I have been able to build upon my goal. My ultimate career goal is a physician with professional interests in research and/or public health. Being a good physician is much more than "seeing patients." It's about the relationship you hold with the patients and the community you live in and taking care of that community is a responsibility held partly by physicians, which tap directly into my public health interest. It's also about lifelong learning, something research provides. Research will allow breakthroughs, trends, and problems to be discovered. Through the generous support of the McNair Scholars Program, the University of Wisconsin -Oshkosh, and all my friends and family, I've been blessed with opportunities to continue my education. I'd also like to say a special thank you to Dr. Dana Merriman (formerly Vaughan) of the UW-Oshkosh Dept. of Biology, who's really been my "guiding light" throughout the entire process and Provost Lane Earns, who's given me the opportunity to represent UW-Oshkosh in its highest regard. Not only have I been able to visit and collaborate with world-class institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic, I've had the pleasure of being invited to interview for a seat in the Medical School Entering Class of 2012 at the following institutions: The University of Minnesota, The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Michigan State College of Human Medicine, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. So far, I'm pleased to say I've been accepted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and will continue to interview and stay in close contact with other institutions as the admissions season continues on. It's truly an honor to be considered at all of these fantastic medical universities. Where ever I decide to attend, I will represent the McNair Scholars Program and the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh with pride.
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