College of Human EcologyWhat do you value about the College of Human Ecology perspective and the majors that interest you, as you consider your academic goals and plans for the future?
My interest in the human health and immunology has kindled ceaselessly for eleven years ever since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Back then, amidst a time of anxiety and loneliness, my six year-old self pondered this question, "Why does Mommy have cancer?" The ordeal of living separately from my mother during her hospitalization for six months bred ingenuous ideas of "magic pills" to mature concepts of disease prevention and biomedical engineering. In my dream, I saw myself modifying the proteins of cancer cells on a molecular level, augmenting the capacity of medical screening technology, and addressing physicians about enhancing the quality of daily conditions to decrease health risks. There was no doubt that I would take my first step towards helping to cure patients like my mother through an institution that would provide me advanced tools and a world-class research environment. The College of Human Ecology at Cornell is where I can make my childhood dream a reality.
Prior to my freshman year, I visited Cornell to grasp the feel of how I would take my passion further through real-life encounters with people and academic atmosphere of Cornell. What immediately struck me about Cornell was its profound, social focus on the contemporary issues of the changing world. The cornerstone of its programs is oriented toward the challenges that are faced by our modern society, such as disease, poverty, and violence, and the magnificence of such curriculum is that I don't have to wait another four years to fully contribute to the service of humanity. Before living in America, I resided several years in Korea, Peru, and Argentina where each nation's perspective on health and the environment are discrete. Through programs like Biology and Society and Human Biology, Health and Society (HBHS), I can explore and analyze the biological interaction between people's health and external factors as well as the government's impact on public health.
As a Human Ecology student, I wish to highlight my direction toward medicine through HBHS. While I delve deeper into the biomechanics of diseases inside Cornell's laboratories, I want to take initiative on promoting health and welfare for people in India and Tanzania where Cornell's Global Health programs offer unique perspective on human life. Also, I wish to partake in Cornell's exceptional Breast Cancer & Environmental Risk Factors program where I'll find the answer to the question that I asked myself eleven years ago.
Before I left the campus, I took one last look of the College of Human Ecology and the beautiful trails that led to it. I told myself, "This is where I'll start. This is where I'll discover. This is Cornell."