My mother has endured many hardships and is someone who I look up to as a role model. Courageously, she raised my three younger siblings and me as a single mother from a young age. My mother believed that with dedication anything can be accomplished. I believe she was correct as she has instilled this mentality in me and it has been successful throughout my academic career.

Currently, I am attending Lehman College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Public Health. I aspire to enroll in an MD/PhD program and devote myself to address modern impediments in biomedical research; especially in leukemia. My determination to pursue leukemia research stems from a personal level after suffering a loss in the family.

To help accomplish my goals I have started by participating in the Northeast Regional Alliance MedPrep Scholars Program at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The first summer of my involvement consisted of enrichment courses such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and PEARLS (Patient-Centered Explorations in Active Reasoning, Learning and Synthesis) cases. This taught me critical thinking skills by applying my learning to real life case scenarios and collaboratively working with group members to produce a reasonable diagnosis. I was able to experience the rigors of the life of a physician and develop empathy skills; which are important for a trusting relationship between the patient and doctor.

At America Needs You, I am eager to acquire the skills necessary to be a leader in the healthcare field

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