As a child growing up in an impoverished Tibetan refugee camp in India, I experienced early on the disadvantages of being poor. Due to the poor economic conditions, we had limited access to medicine, hospitals, and healthcare in general. Experiencing this lack of healthcare inspired me to pursue medicine. In my native country, Tibet, it is not customary that women attend school; however, the opportunity of education has given me a chance to study my interest in science and understand its benefits.
The awe of discovering the works of the human body in high school has brought me even closer to the medical field. Throughout all four years of high school, I committed myself to several science-related after school programs, including Science Olympiad. I competed in Anatomy and Physiology, and to this day I remember the amount of dedication my instructor expected from me. “Eat, sleep and breathe anatomy, and that’s going to win you a medal.” It amazed me to discover how body functions can surprise and scare you all at the same time. However, this merely scratches the surface of the wide scope of what medicine has to offer.
America Needs You has provided me with the resources to accomplish my professional goals. They are truly a supportive family, and I am very thankful that I can be a part of this wonderful organization. By interacting with Mentor Coaches, ANY has given me a sense of direction, and I am now ready to embark on this great journey.