José

José

When my family migrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States, they wanted to make sure that I received an education, worked hard, and never forgot my roots. It is because of my family’s encouragement that I am now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, with minors in Computer Science and Public Health at Lehman College.

I decided that I wanted to be a doctor when I was eight years old. Part of what influenced me to become a doctor was a terrible accident in my hometown. Two buses collided with each other, and there were no doctors nearby. While the ambulance took hours to come, my grandmother did what she could to save as many lives as possible. However, my grandmother who did not go to school, was only trained to do first aid through her medical missionaries. Since then my biggest desire has been to become a doctor and complete medical missions around the world. I have volunteered at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for three years and am currently volunteering at Montefiore Hospital. Through my volunteering experiences I have learned that I want to specialize in emergency medicine.

Through networking and having a Mentor Coach, I will gain the support needed to become the first one in my family to go to college and graduate. I look forward to the opportunity to grow as a person and as a member of the community. I am honored to be an America Needs You 2016 Fellow!

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