As a Dominican-American from Washington Heights, I grew up in a traditional Dominican home. My mother played Spanish music while she cleaned and watched Spanish operas before bedtime. My exuberant family created a colorful childhood for me. Though neither finished school, both my parents ensured that school was my main priority. Each sacrificed tremendously to make sure I wasn’t concerned with responsibilities outside of my education, sheltering me from the turmoil they were dealing with.
By the time I turned 18, both my parents were declared disabled. With bills piling up and no source of income, I soon became a full-time student at Lehman College with two jobs to help my family. Despite these difficult circumstances, I was able to maintain my A average GPA and learned that one should always treasure life.
My experiences have also led me to discover my dreams; to be an obstetrician. I want to be a part of the most precious and miraculous thing to exist on earth: life. I want to be able to give back to people in my community and culture by not only opening a practice in New York, but also in the Dominican Republic, where so many expectant mothers are struggling with poverty. With ANY, I know I will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help reach my goals. I am truly blessed to say I am a part of such an amazing program that will help me go beyond my two part-time jobs and into my dreams.