Describe the courses of study and unique characteristics of the University of Pennsylvania that most interest you. Why do these interests make you a good match for Penn?
Twelve years from now, I hope to be a surgeon in a well-reputed hospital. Whether it’s stitching up a wound or performing spinal cord operation, I will receive great satisfaction in knowing that every minute and hour of my job is dedicated to helping others. I want to be one of a few selected people who have been fortunate enough to be given the chance to use cutting edge technology such as implanting an artificial heart in a patient. The responsibility of taking care of another human being is great but an immense blessing. Perhaps it’s the family genes that have somehow turned most of my family into scientists and doctors or the late hours watching E.R, imagining myself as a doctor has always been the ultimate achievement to me. Yet, the one event that made me really consider being a doctor was the death of my grandpa when I was nine years old. To see him lying there in the hospital strapped to the IV lines and restrained to the bed brought my idyllic world crashing down. I remembered rushing to his side and staring at those dark piercing eyes looking back at me but unresponsively. In my nine year old mindset, I crossed my fingers and thought that he would be out of the hospital soon to take me to the park again. However, his body was failing as the days went and though I didn’t know after couple years later, the cancer in his brain grew into his nerves instantly paralyzing his body to function. Then I felt powerless to help him get better but vowed to become a surgeon who will try to relieve other families from going through the same painful experience. At UPenn, I plan to volunteer at hospitals, clinics, and community centers assisting those in need. There’s not a single day that I don’t think of those gentle dark eyes and the promise that I made to myself seven years ago.From an academic perspective, UPenn offers the most well rounded interdisciplinary study because I want to major in biochemistry and minor in biomedical engineering. Biochemistry provides a sturdy foundation for a career in medicine as the study focuses on the chemical reactions and processes that occur in a living organism. Having a biomedical engineering minor will benefit me greatly in the future, as this area of discipline seeks to understand the system of functions in the body in order to solve health problems. With an added dimension to my education, I will be more prepared for medical school. Besides courses, I’m very much interested in doing some scientific research with a professor. The branch of neurology is so vast and there is much to discover about the workings of the brain. With the support of The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship, I would like to continue my research at the National Institute of Health on some aspect of neurology or schizophrenia. To be able to expand on what I have learned from the classrooms on the biological and chemical interactions of the brain and apply that knowledge to something more hands on makes exploring science that much more exciting. I envision myself walking down Locus Walk discussing an interesting lecture with a friend and afterwards going to a nearby hospital where I can make a patient’s day better. These four years will be the most rewarding years of my life as my values will be challenged and my perceptions of self and the world will be changed. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” The possibilities and opportunities are endless, but it’s what I do with them that matters the most.