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

From the time I was born, as a premature identical twin, I've constantly been surrounded by healthcare professionals due to various health issues. Unbeknownst to me, those hospital visits gave me insight into my life’s devotion: medicine. I want to be able to help others and form special bonds with patients who are going through similar experiences and pains that I have previously gone through. As such, I could empathize and connect with them on a level that perhaps others would not necessarily have the privilege of.
During sophomore year of college, I began volunteering and was later employed as a Physical Therapist Aide (PTA). It was a terrific beginning to my medical exploration as I was exposed to many different aliments from osteosarcomas to neurological diseases and people from young athletes to entirely disabled patients. One of my most valuable experiences there was connecting with a middle-aged woman who came to the clinic for a lumbar spine injury. As I put the interferential current on her lower back, I could not help but notice her scars. She proceeded to bravely disclose to me about her past sexual abuse and I willingly told her about my similar experience during freshman year of college. She sobbed and told me that we could be each other’s support system. It was then that I felt my journey of helping others genuinely started.
While working as a PTA I was also shadowing a Physician Assistant. There I was able to experience the advantages of the profession such as autonomy, along with the opportunity to collaborate with the physicians they work alongside, and lateral mobility in changing specialties. My experience shadowing gave me an awareness that becoming a PA allows one to be more personable and provides the opportunity to connect with the patients, which is something I am passionate about. I know that becoming a physician assistant will give me the greatest pleasure of all; the chance to touch another’s life through medicine.

Taylor from California
A.T. Still University