I am a native born West African from Togo who had no English background when I first came to the US in 2005. My ability to speak English fluently came from the integration of French vocabularies and an absolute perseverance to never give up. Joining the tennis team, running track, and excelling in my high school classes empowered me to break through the language barrier and cultural differences; these have made me a stronger and more confident individual. My participation in science fairs had set the tone for my passion for research and medicine. I am a current lab assistant at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and majoring in Biological Sciences. I have shadowed a neurosurgical team at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital through the Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) and it was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience. Furthermore, my inspiration to become a surgeon comes from my family who had been impacted by health issues and allows me not to see this as merely a profession, but a patient’s hope to a brighter future, especially at the brink of his or her life. My ultimate goal is to integrate medicine and research together, whereby not only will I treat patients, but also work towards finding cures for fatal diseases. In addition, I aspire to broaden my career scope by advocating for global medical services to those who cannot afford it or simply do not have the resources to improve their condition. Joining the ANY family is the first milestone for the accomplishment of these dreams.