I stared at the words on my company’s semi-annual client satisfaction survey: “have XXXX cloned.” Three simple terms, yet a confirmation that all my hard work, my striving to give all that I am to the people I work with, were appreciated by those around me. Reassessing all I have done and my accomplishments, I have reached a point in my professional career where I can no longer forget my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. My journey thus far as a professional and a mom has forever altered who I am. Turning to the post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program at XXXX University was a natural and logical choice for bringing my dreams to fruition.
Raised in a very traditional South Asian society, women were expected to cast aside ambition and education in favor of marriage and child-rearing. I was extremely fortunate to have my mother’s love and support, her encouragement to complete my undergraduate degree. Moving to America shortly after that opened up my eyes, expanded my worldview, and immersed me in many cultures and thoughts so different from my homeland. Moreover, opportunities were everywhere. Obtaining a scholarship from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY, I pursued my MBA, earning a near-perfect GPA. I particularly enjoyed tutoring undergraduate students in statistics and cherished seeing their eyes light up when they finally understood a concept that had eluded them in class. It was more satisfying than words can describe.
Time management and meeting deadlines are concepts I never learned in class. I knew them working full time, running my own successful business, and importing handcrafted pictures from my homeland. Selling my business was difficult, but looking at my infant and toddler daughters, I know I made the right decision to be there for them when they were the most vulnerable. Becoming a doctor is not just for me; it is for my daughters. I want my daughters to look up to their mom and know there is no impossible dream if they are willing to commit to it. I know I have the discipline, endurance, and maturity to excel in the pre-medical program.
The pre-health program at XXXX is my only choice and the perfect stepping-stone for pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor. The school’s reputation as a significant research institution will expose me to unique opportunities for obtaining work experience through research and be the ideal place for building my clinical exposure and understanding through the school's volunteer opportunities. I feel I will easily compete with any ‘traditional’ student through my energy and drive to create my direction and equal footing.
I bring interpersonal and time management skills earned within a high-pressure, deadline-oriented environment to the student body and pre-med program. Our compassion and passion for helping others is something that cannot be taught. The times I made a difference at the individual level in the business world are proof of the fire inside me that will facilitate my pursuit of opportunities that the medical world will offer me and the chance to make substantial contributions to the lives of others. I hope that you will give me the privilege of starting this new chapter in my life at your prestigious university.
Thank you for your time and consideration.