Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Write about a personal quality, experience, talent or contribution you will make to the University of California.

When we were young, we were all asked what we wanted to be in the future. Some of us said a firefighter, some said an engineer or a lawyer, and the some even said school janitor. However, I only had one goal for my future. For me, all those hours of staying up until dawn, doing endless amounts of homework, and drinking coffee to keep me up were for one purpose: to become a doctor. I was always stubborn when I was little and I always had to have whatever I wanted, even if it took me years of hard work to get it. Similarly, I am truly determined to become a doctor, and I know that I will work hard, persevere, and achieve my goal. I have wanted to become a doctor since I was in third grade, but there was one particular reason why I really wanted to pursue this career. My little cousin, Shawn, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of six. Shawn, now thirteen, has had to grow up giving himself injections and restricting his intake of sweets. Throughout the years, our family has always had to buy sugar-free items and low-carbohydrate foods. My family and I sacrifice eating sweets and candies for the sake of my cousin. Also, whenever we go to a sleepover or someone’s house, I have to make sure that Shawn checks his blood sugar and that he eats accordingly. Sometimes, Shawn’s blood sugar gets low at night, and he starts behaving strangely. When this happens, it is my responsibility to give him glucose or some form of sugar and to wake up my parents. When I see my little cousin’s eyes light up with joy every time he is allowed to eat a piece of cake or a brownie, I know that many more kids might face this problem in the future. I realized that if I help them, if I give them support like I support my cousin, then they too could learn to control their sugar intake and to monitor their carbs. I know that if I get the chance to help children who are sick, I will be successful. I will work as hard as I possibly can to make sure the children are well taken care of and nurtured. The journey will be tough and it may have a few bumps on the road, but with the type of motivation I have, I won’t let anything get in my way. I knew that I had really affected Shawn’s life when he actually wrote a report about me and presented it to his class. When Shawn was in the first grade, he had to write a report on his personal hero. At home, Shawn asked me questions about my favorites, my goals for the future, and my inspirations. I didn’t know why he was asking me these questions, so I answered the questions with silly answers, just to humor myself. For example, when Shawn asked for my favorite food, I said it was chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter. The next day, when I went to pick up Shawn from his classroom, his teacher started asking me what my secret was, and how I appealed to little kids so much. At first, I was confused, and I thought the teacher had mistaken me for someone else, but a piece of paper on the classroom bulletin board caught my attention. When I read it, I realized that Shawn had asked me all those questions, because he thought of me as his hero, and he wanted to write a report on me. It was then that I realized how much of an impact I had in Shawn’s life, and that my little cousin admired me as much as I admired him. My little cousin is my main inspiration, and I know that because of him, I have always been motivated to become a doctor. I am 100% sure that I will do whatever it takes and I will work as hard as I possibly can to become a doctor, and help children like Shawn. Without Shawn’s bravery and courage to fight this disease, I would not even be half as inspired as I currently am to pursue a career as a doctor.

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