Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
After we returned home, my mom congratulated me on a day well-spent. Despite the smiles I had received from grateful families that day though, I could not shake a feeling of uneasiness.
Although I had provided some people in poverty small tokens of joy, I did not see it as sustainable or making any sort of lasting impact. I wanted to be a part of something much greater, and I think I have found that in healthcare. Truly, I believe that one of the best things an individual can do for an underserved community is to be involved in providing accessible, high quality healthcare.
Unlike some of my peers, I have not always known that a Physician Assisting career would be the object of my relentless pursuit. There are many ways to be involved in Global Health and healthcare as a whole. My journey to finding my niche began at the American Heart Association as an intern, then as a tour guide for their educational museum, and then as a medical assistant in a government-funded clinic. Soon after becoming a medical assistant, though, I knew I wanted to be a provider. I am very excited to be studying Physician Assisting in the fall and truly give all of myself to underserved persons like the ones I encountered in El Salvador.
Elinor from Arizona
Norther Arizona University