Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a student of science. In the general sense everyone is, but for me what it implies is that science has intrigued me always and will continue to affect my life for a long time. Since middle school the subjects of physics, chemistry and biology always kept me interested, much more than any other class. As is the norm in India, when one enters high school he/she must decide between science, humanities and commerce; for me the answer to this had always been apparent. Biology fascinated me, chemistry interested me and physics made me wonder, yet all of them supported each other.
Through the years there have been several career considerations:-physicist, programmer, doctor and veterinarian- but one story made me determine what I really wanted to be or rather do in life. I consider my aim in life as a large part of my identity, the whole reason why I am alive and what my purpose is. Most people answer these questions at a much later stage in life, many never at all, but I feel that I have some idea.
This self-realization has come through a great deal of suffering, not of mine but of another individual. Millions of people around the world are diagnosed with Cancer, and it is a disease that almost everyone is familiar with. Every human being on this planet would do whatever they can do alleviate such problems in this world but I feel that firsthand experience or observation really open up someone's eyes, such as mine. In 2012 my father was diagnosed with a rare type of prostate cancer at the age of fifty. As a student of science I took it upon myself to find out everything I could in the limit of my understanding about this fatal disease. The findings were not very optimistic but nevertheless I tried my personal best to support my father in his battle.
In the past two years I have seen the physical and mental trauma a victim of cancer can go through. I have seen countless number of problems and limitations in fighting this disease, from lack of conclusive treatment to high expenses. Thankfully, due to a number of medical professionals my father was able to recover from his disease, but there were still thousands across the globe who could not afford or even find the proper treatment. For a few months now, after a multiple surgeries, medications and radiotherapy sessions the disease has been conquered but the chances in the future still look slim.
Since a few months now I have decided that I want to work to improve the conditions for those suffering from cancer and other such deadly diseases. This, along with my present interest in the sciences and research has made me chose a path. My higher education plays a big role in helping me reach a position where I can make a difference and by studying the biological sciences I think that this will be made possible. I do not know what job I want to do or which company I want to work in, but my goal is to improve lives of others by making a change for good in the medical sciences, no matter how insignificant.