entered college in 1978. When it came time to choose my major, I selected psychobiology and, accordingly, studied a curriculum with a strong emphasis on science and psychology.
Then, early in 1981, my mother became terminally ill with cancer. Although there are five other children in the family, the responsibility for caring for my mother fell to me. She needed constant care, and it was up to me to provide it.
I had to withdraw from one of my classes at school, while commuting to campus for tests in the remaining two classes (my routine with my mother made it impossible for me to attend lectures, so I had to rely heavily on my textbooks and self-study). Despite the trauma 1 was going through at home, 1 somehow managed to do well in these two classes (calculus and physics), keeping up at least part of my college career.
For four months, I spoon-fed my mother daily and helped keep her alive. I kept the entire family going, even after my mother's death, when I was emotionally and physically depleted (I had lost 15 pounds during her illness).
After it was ail over and I was back on my feet, 1 decided 1 wanted to put myself back in a situation in which I could help others who were ill. I started working in the_hospital____1 also started working as a student health advocate in college, following a ten-week training period that covered diagnosis, role-playing (responding to "patients" with a wide variety of problems), first aid, and emotional concerns—all followed by extensive testing.
Caring for my mother, working at the hospital, and serving as a student health advocate—all of these experiences have not only solidified my interest in medicine but also have taught me how essential it is that physicians be sensitive to the emotional as well as physical needs of their patients. My life to date has taught me lessons that can't be learned in a classroom, lessons that—with the further academic training I hope to receive in medical school—should make me one exceptional doctor.
AT THE AGE OF 23, I AM fortunate to hold the most significant judicial role available to any student in my 25,000-member academic community. In my position, to which I was elected last spring, I enjoy the opportunity of having constant hands-on experience with the same judicial process within which every attorney works. 1 have studied penal law and the municipal code, researched cases, met with the parties involved in various disputes, and presided over 14 trials involving complaints that have evolved into formal charges----
I serve as chairman of committees dealing with concerns as varied as community relations and the revision of the school's judicial constitution.
I began my college career on something less than a fully auspicious note. I naively chose a major not suited to my interests and wound up with my poorest grades ever. However, even as a freshman, I was showing my stripes as a leader, serving as captain of the varsity soccer team and president of my dormitory.
Since my sophomore year, there has been a significant and steady upward trend to my grades, and I have achieved about a 3.7 GPA to date----
At the age of 23,1 am fortunate to hold the most significant judicial role available to any student in my 25,000-member academic community.
I originally became interested in the law during my sophomore year, when 1 realized that my skills as a writer, speaker, and leader—as well as my powers of logic-would probably serve me well in a legal career.
All that I have done and experienced in my judicial role in college has further stimulated and reinforced my interest in the law and my determination to pursue a legal career. 1 believe that 1 have much more of an awareness of the law than the average student and a realistic perspective on what the lawyer's life entails.
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