always wanted to help people.
as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to pursue a career in which I could help
those who couldn’t help themselves.
recent course at the University of North Florida helped to put me on that path
and open my eyes to a pressing need in a particular area — access to health
care for minorities.
born in the Philippines and moved to Japan and then California, where I
completed high school. When we moved to Florida to be near family, we had to
enroll in the Healthy Kids program, which provides health care for children in
where I learned first-hand how difficult it is for families to find doctors who
will accept payments under the program. And when I took a sociology class at UNF
titled “Sex, Race and Class,” it helped explain the disparities in health care
faced by many minorities in America.
class, combined with my long-standing interest in medicine, convinced me I
wanted to become a doctor. Many immigrants from the Philippines have become
nurses. However, I want to break that stereotype and move to the next level of
providing medical care to underserved communities.
UNF pre-med program allowed me the opportunity to attend a summer program at
Duke University in which we shadowed physicians in clinical rotations. We also
had an opportunity to attend supplementary classes in biology, chemistry and
ethics in medicine. It was a wonderful experience because it gave me a glimpse
into the world of medicine.
of these experiences together have convinced me I want to be a doctor. But my
dream wouldn’t have been a possibility without the scholarships I’m receiving
under the Jacksonville Commitment and Pathways scholarship programs. These
scholarships have taken a tremendous financial burden off my family and allowed
me to focus solely on preparing for medical school.
time at UNF has exposed me to numerous transformational learning opportunities,
and I’m sure I’ll have many more that will enrich my college experience. I’ve
already benefitted from the help offered by fellow students in study groups,
and I have had great interaction with faculty members in my classes thanks to
the University’s small class sizes.
faith has played a very large role in my life. Becoming a doctor may seem
far-fetched for someone, like me, with so many barriers to higher education.
But I firmly believe that if this is what I’m supposed to do, the road will be
paved for me. My UNF scholarships are an example of that belief in action.
goals remain unchanged. I want to help people.
day, I hope to return to my native country to provide health care through a
medical mission program while establishing a primary care practice in the
It’s an ambitious goal, but UNF is helping me