“I had fallen in love with a young man…, and we were planning to get married. And then he died of subacute bacterial endocarditis… Two years later with the advent of penicillin, he would have been saved. It reinforced in my mind the importance of scientific discovery….”—- Gertrude B. Elion
I have always been looking for a way to contribute to science. Growing up with a veterinarian father, I have developed a strong interested in Science, especially in medicine. In my early childhood, I used to hang around in my father’s clinic a lot, playing with his fancy instruments (well not actually playing) and mostly playing with the puppies and kittens there. I enjoyed taking care of sick animals, especially pre- and post-surgery. I liked to pat their heads with my little hand and brush their hair with my fingers. I believed my companionship would relieve their anxiety and speed up their recovery process.
As I grew up, my passion for medicine never faded away. When I started college, I decided to major in Biochemistry and started a career as a “professional science communicator” in a kids’ science museum. That was my first step of contributing to science—to teach children about science. While I did not know all of science, I could help inspire in others interest in science.
My long-term plans are to attend medical school and become an Anesthesiologist. I don’t take pain very well, and I would like to help people like me to relieve their anxiety and nervousness. I like traveling as well, so my ultimate goal in life is to become an Anesthesiologist that travels around the world to practice. While the path of medicine is long, I am willing to devote my whole life to it. Like Gertrude had once said: “Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily”.