COLLEGE: College of Wooster
As a young girl, I was obsessed with the book Me and My Place in Space.
Each night before I went to bed, I would ask one of my parents to read it to me, and every time I would become enthralled by the possibilities of traveling into outer space and floating around the solar system, just like the main character in the book. As I grew a bit older, I wrote and illustrated my own little stories chronicling my adventures into the universe as an astronaut. To my memory, the book was the first thing to spark my fascination in science.
My curiosity was insatiable. It left me thinking about other forms of life somewhere deep in the universe before I finally drifted off to sleep. It caused me to check out books about the planets and the solar system from the library. As a result, I think a great deal of my intellectual inquisitiveness today is because of that book’s inspiration to understand the world around me.
Although I no longer want to become an astronaut, I still plan to pursue a career in science. Specifically, I hope to become an academic neurologist specializing in neuroimmunological disorders. This specialty appeals to me because my grandmother had multiple sclerosis, so I want to help people like her. It will allow me to treat patients with these disorders, conduct research on MS and teach medical students. Secondly, I aspire to conduct medical service in developing countries, either as a student or as a practicing physician-scientist. In order to accomplish my career goals, I plan on earning a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and maintaining at least a 3.80 GPA during my undergraduate studies so I can be a competitive applicant for an MD-Ph.D. program.
Me and My Place in Space gave me a reason to want to learn and study science. However, interacting with patients will remind me of the true reason for my efforts; I may have a passion for science, but ultimately, my work will be for the benefit of everyone diagnosed or affected by multiple sclerosis.