Being an individual who aims not to make an impact on the world but rather to change the lives of the many who goes unnoticed, I believe that Tulane University is the perfect place for me to expand my horizon. As a student, I am about to embark on a new path and take another step in my journey. I am a strong believer in the idiom which states, you must know where you have come from in order to know and appreciate where you are going. My humble beginnings and life experiences have given me reason to strive for my dream and utilize my intellect and determination to make it come true. My mother came to New York City with no money, but with an immeasurable desire to achieve the “American dream.” Being a child of Guyana, Tulane’s geographically diverse campus secures that I’ll be able to engage with individuals who shares a similar outlook, as well as be challenged by those who don’t. The campus being lined with great oak trees also stimulates my sense of being home in the tropical garden city of the Caribbean, while New Orleans maintains the vibrancy of my current home in urban New York.
For a major portion of my life, I had a thirst for knowledge as well as a burning desire to be among the best at everything I do. However, battling the twin demons of low self-esteem and modest circumstance prevented me from delving fully into life’s experiences and, for some time, subdued my longing for self-discovery. Nevertheless, one thing was certain: I yearned to help others and impact their lives through medicine. Fascinated with various forms of science, and fixated on solving medical mysteries and making revolutionary medical discoveries, I knew that I wanted to be a physician.
My experience with living in extreme poverty for most of my youth sometimes felt like a mountain in the way of my goals and dreams. But I realize now that the mountains of life are not always there to make things difficult. They are there to make you fight for what you want and a pivotal transition in our lives was when my mother accumulated enough money to move my sibling and I to the United States.
It was here, that I...