Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

One event can change everything. I was four years old and had just gotten off the school bus. My father and I were standing side by side in our driveway and at the same time there were two cars racing down our road. When one of the drivers lost control of his vehicle he veered off the road and into our driveway. My father lost his life, but I sustained only minor injuries because just before my dad was hit he threw me aside. After the accident, I learned how to adapt to unexpected and sometimes undesirable situations. Going through a tragedy myself has given me a special interest in helping others.

After my father’s passing, I became close with my uncle who practices as a chiropractor. I spent a lot of time in his office playing with models of joints and spines. Eager to learn more, I asked to sit in on adjustments. The dynamic between my uncle and his patients fascinated me and sparked my interest in health care. I greatly appreciated the time I spent learning from my uncle. However, I repeatedly found myself wanting to know more about his patients’ overall health. I became interested in pursuing a path that would allow me to practice a broader scope of medicine. After researching different careers in health care, physician assistant stood out to me.

In college, I was a home health aide for a woman with cerebral palsy. Although it was difficult to watch her struggle with stiffness and pain, I loved taking her swimming and helping her move in the pool. I could see the relief this provided and how much she enjoyed it, even if it was temporary. I know the difference this made for her, but I felt I had more to give. As a physician assistant, I will have the knowledge and training to make a long-term difference in health of my patients.

After graduating from college, I spent a year working at a family medicine practice. I worked closely with a physician who showed me how to make patients truly feel cared for. Although his patients often had to wait when things go

Danielle from Michigan
Boston University School of Medicine