I come from a very academic oriented Indian family. My father, an avid reader, wanted to pursue
a doctorate in biology and become a scientist, but due to family commitments, had to join
business instead. My mother had a strong interest in economics and always wanted to do
higher studies but she got married at a very early age, and had to instead focus on raising a
family. Their dreams to get higher education were dashed, so they’ve always yearned for their
children to achieve our goals. Due to business problems, our family went through a very hard
phase, and at one stage, we were almost bankrupt. All of us gave strength to each other and
took that challenge head-on. Both me, and my brother while continuing to focus on our studies,
also did part-time jobs to support our parents and ultimately we gained admission to our favorite
medicine and engineering programs respectively. It was with great hard work that our family
sailed though that adversity. This hardship serves me a great reminder to be laser-focused on
my goals so that I would be able to provide some financial support to my parents in future.
In India, it is often a practice to discourage women to pursue higher studies after marriage. I
belong to the school of thought that women are entitled for equal rights and opportunities
irrespective of their marital status. After my marriage, I was reallocated to US and saw a very
different culture, where there is equality and freedom to pursue your dreams without any family
or social constraints. While volunteering at Samuel Merritt University (Oakland, CA), as a
preceptor in the simulation lab, I was fortunate to meet two wonderful colleagues - they enrolled
for PhDs at a very late age, despite having huge family commitments, which gives me lot of
hope. I am impressed by the mind-boggling career opportunities that exist in this nation and
want to explore these after joining a masters program at your school.
There are a few personal strengths that I always...