Healthy America Award 2018

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$2,000 cash prize

Write a 150-250 word short essay


Deadline for this round: August 1, 2018

Open to college students (current and future) studying in health and welfare fields, such as nursing, psychology, counselling and social work.

Your essay must follow this round's theme (details below).

2017 Winner

Essay Theme: "Future Patients"

Do you know who your future patients are? What do you imagine about them and how will you help them?

Healthcare is an area where the aim is to help people achieve better physical, mental or social health outcomes. By studying health, you are preparing for a career in service of others. But do you know who those people might be? What could be the characteristics of a typical patient or client? Why do they need your help and how will your education enable you to serve them?

Please tell us what you imagine for your future career when you are helping individuals towards a better life.

Competition terms and conditions

The Healthy America Award essay competition is open to current and future college students who are, or will be, doing a healthcare course such as nursing, psychology, counselling and social work (see healthcare degrees list for examples). You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen enrolled, or planning to enroll, in an accredited college or university.

Fill in the form on this page to enter. It is recommended that you first draft your essay in a Word document or similar. If you have any submission problems, you may send your entry by email to info@goodcolleges.online.

The competition closing date is August 1. A new round of the competition, with a different theme, will start as soon as the current round finishes.

The content of any entries may be used by Good Colleges for research or publishing purposes.

Judging and awarding

The winning essay will be selected by a panel and will be announced in the same month that the competition closes.

How well the essay follows the theme is a judging factor. A winning entry may be insightful, informative, entertaining or moving. There are no rules about what style of entry could win.

The $2,000 prize is paid via PayPal. An email address linked to a PayPal account is required for payment.

The winner is asked to send a photo of themselves with a winning certificate (to be supplied).

Enter the Healthy America Award (2018)

Join the discussion to enter

To enter the competition, copy your essay into the "Comment" section of the form below. Be sure to:

  1. Use the first line for the title of your essay.
  2. Write 150-250 words.
  3. Follow this round's theme: Future Patients.

From time to time, some of the best essays will be published.

Please get your entries in early. Extra marks will be given to original essays submitted early in the competition.

56 Responses

  1. Candice Rodriguez
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    Nutrition is the Future in Patient Care

    Although my journey into a career in Nutrition and Dietetics has already begun, my education will be my foundation. It is one of my immediate goals to use my graduate education to conduct research and work that addresses the growing epidemic of both type 2 diabetes and obesity. I want to provide excellent patient care, guidance, and current scientific based evidence to enable prevention and reduction of symptoms before they become a significant health issue.

    My career goals are to be a Dietician /Nutritionist in a community or clinical setting. I expect that my patients will be from all walks of life. It will be those, like so many of us, who have received so much disinformation about what we should be eating. I have specifically found much joy and reward in working with low income communities and children. While I worked with Cal Fresh Nutrition Education in elementary schools I saw first hand that our children were not equipped with the knowledge of good and bad nutritional choices. I truly believe that it is here, in our early education, that we can take type 2 diabetes and obesity on with early prevention. I hope to continue the work of implementing more complete and continuous nutrition education to our youth and their parents. Now, more than ever do we need to really understand the processes and effects our nutrition plays in how we get sick and how we can obtain optimal health. With nutrition, I hope to help others.

  2. Miracle Etuakwu
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    Dear Future Patient

    In spite of the fact that I am nowhere near beginning my career in nursing, I am 16 and determined. I want you to be healthy and happy…with your lifestyle medically and emotionally. We do not know what the future will hold so we have to make sure we take care of our self so we live long enough to see it.

    That’s where Nurse Miracle comes in. I want to really know my patients and help guide them through their regular visit to the doctor. I will ask how you’re doing or what’s new. I will congratulate you because your daughter just graduated from college or your husband finally fixed the noise from your car that you’ve been telling me about, thank god.

    I cannot wait to start assisting my patients both young and old, to the next steps in their journey to become healthier people.

    Sincerely yours
    Inspiring nurse, Miracle

  3. Jordan O.
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    My role as a future Psychiatrist

    I believe it’s quite important to consider the possibilities of my future career and how I can help my future clients, I plan on doing this by: utilizing my medical and psychological knowledge, then taking the necessary steps for my patients benefit, as well as having an open mind within my profession.

    When I imagine my future career as a psychiatrist; I see myself utilizing techniques which I have learned within college, and medical school, to help people psychologically. Sometimes all someone needs is someone to understand them, and listen to them.

    My goal as a psychiatrist, is for me, to help people understand how mental health is connected to and from all aspects of health, including but not limited to emotional, physical and social. Utilizing my medical, psychological, and counseling knowledge, I will be able to take the necessary procedures for my patients betterment.

    I believe in having an open mind regarding whether whom or how my patients may possibly be, rather than having a precise judgement, on such possibilities. With that former thought in mind, I seek to individually understand each of my clients, accessing their needs, proper to my chosen profession. Such a perspective, is exceptionally important, within psychology.

    Within the healthcare system there are many varying patients, and professions, though the principals still remain the same, as a whole, in the medical profession, and that is too truly help people.

    Sincerely,

    Jordan O.

  4. Summer Lackey
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    Wanted: Patients

    I am a future physician’s assistant that needs patients. My patients can be any shape, age, size, and from any background. I do not discriminate because we are all humans that experience health problems. Whether you are feeling sick, have an aching back, or have any ailments I am here to help. Even if you just want to discuss any concerns or ways for you to live a healthier life I am here for you with a listening ear. I am here for you and I want to provide you with the best healthcare that I can. I will sit down with you and discuss the best treatments available to treat your health problem. As I obtain the proper education to become a physician’s assistant, I will study a multitude of health problems and their treatments. I will ensure that I study and research each treatment because I am dedicated to helping my patients. Whether the treatment is a prescription, a lifestyle change, or a natural remedy, I will ensure it is tailored to meet the needs of that specific patient. I know that a certain treatment may work well for a younger patient, but may not be feasible for my older patients. As a physician’s assistant I will help you to the best of my ability if you are willing to become my patient.

  5. Kaitlin Brady
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    Beyond the Patients in Front of You

    Small or large, furry, scaly, or feathery. Can you guess what kind of patients I want to have? If you guessed animals, you are correct. My dream is to become a world redound Veterinarian. Although this may not be the typical profession you think of when you think of a health care professional with patients because, well, your patients aren’t human! But, not only are you helping animals, you are helping their beloved human counterparts as well.

    Have you ever had a pet that you have loved so dearly but it had gotten sick? Or you needed your pet spayed/neutered or given a routine checkup to minimize the chance of illness? Well this is where I would come in. While shadowing my local Veterinarian I have seen as many tears shed as some dog’s fur. These people and animals both need my help. I do believe being a veterinarian is significantly harder than a doctor. Why? Because you can only read body language. My vast and long education career will be able to help me achieve this long term goal. I will learn more about diseases as well as ways to treat them, with the best education I want to prevent people from crying by helping their furry or scaly friends see another day.

    Sincerely, Future DVM Kaitlin

  6. Rachel Goldman
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    Welcome to the Future

    At the ripe age of 21, I still am far away from becoming a Physcian’s Assistant. The gap between my future career and current student status allows me to imagine the future I want for myself and for my patients.

    While it is great that many individuals are traveling overseas to third world countries, helping those that are in desperate need of food, water and basic health care, it is also important to recognize that those same patients exist here, in the United States. They’re on the streets, at a work office, in classrooms. One does not have to look or be “homeless” to be in need of assistance.

    While my life in Michigan prevents me from seeing a lot of this poverty, my recent trips to Nevada and New York opened my eyes to the many complications that exist in our country. Most of this poverty can be found in minority populations and poor regions of the U.S. For this reason, I intend to attend a PA Program, such as ATSU, that focuses on helping minority populations. From there, I hope to open my own clinic or work with other Physicians/Physician Assistants to improve this increasing issue. The process will be difficult but incredibly rewarding. In the meantime, I will continue to brainstorm the endless possibilities of care that I can provide my future patients with.

  7. Jayna Hampton
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    Future Nurse Here

    I have already been working in the medical field as a medical assistant, and doing so made me realize I want to further my education to become a nurse. As a nurse, I know that all of my future patients will need my help. Not only physically but emotionally as well.

    I know that I will have to speak for my patients when they cannot speak for themselves. I will also have to perform some tasks that they might not be able to do for themselves. That is a nurses job and I am more than excited to do that.

    After a few short years I will be in that nurses position, helping my future patients and making them feel better. In doing so, I will feel good about myself, so it’s really a win-win situation. I’m ready to start this career!

    Sincerely,
    Jayna Hampton, Future BSN

  8. Arlinda Marke
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    It’s the Way Communicate It’s How We Speak

    To the innocents still not born, children growing before our eyes, and everyday human beings who face the world one day at a time with the difficulty to communicate; there is a speech pathologist determine to find a solution. The future patients of learners whom will become speech pathologists as myself strive for the ability to understand, evaluate, and help improve diagnostic of speech impediments and going in-depth of those who are bilingual and multilingual.

    Every single day the amount of children who are facing the hardship of being able to read, speak, and even write is growing. The special attention and the guidance they need are strictly provided by speech pathologists who demonstrate a new way of communication through practice of vocal tracks and language. It’s more than just the repetition of a new choice of words, it engages the vocals and mind to expand in a new way of communication and understanding.

    The health care for the future lies within these children. As a speech pathologist in progression the health care targeting not only young children as well as immigrants and even tourists the support to communicate will help improve social and mental actions. My research and devotion to learn every impact of one with speech difficulty will never end as more are discovered everyday.

    My education is providing me with the knowledge to know why we are all built to perceive and receive every word our mouths or body language is demonstrating remarkably. Language is what helps create the bond between one human with another whether it’s a form such as sign language, braille, or using our mouths and creating sounds. Becoming a speech pathologist will encourage me to go in-depth of one’s mental health and work with the impediments from the root to distinguish its peculiar way of forming a unique sound.

  9. Harlie Gardner
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    The Stars of the Future

    My ultimate goal for becoming a psychologist is to give people hope. My purpose for studying psychology is that when I become a social worker I will be able to use my psychological knowledge to help kids and make sure they are in safe environments both physically and mentally. I have seen the damage broken and abusive homes can do to a child and I would like to contribute my time and heart to preventing and fixing said damage. Children who come from all branches of society can experience this pain. A pain no child should ever have to endure especially feeling alone, with no foreseeable end. All children deserve happy and healthy homes and my hope is to make sure they have that.

    Every person and child is a star. Some shine so bright they light up everyone around them and others have experienced so much pain that they’ve turned into a black hole, stealing away the light from everyone around them until nothing shines anymore. I want to help the lights shine brighter and not be consumed by the dark.

  10. andrea
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    My future clients: Hurt, broken, and lost addicts

    To the kid that had a bad past, I will be there to help you love yourself. To the teenager that got with the wrong crowd, I will help you to lead a happy, fulfilling life. To the adult that took a wrong turn, I will help you find your purpose. I have a passion for a career in addiction counseling. My future patient can come from any demographic, any environment, and any culture. There is no “typical” patient in addiction careers. They will be someone whose hurt, broken, and lost. It will be someone whose holding more shame and guilt than you can imagine. It’s someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, child, aunt, uncle, husband, or wife. It can be someone on the streets, or someone with a Ph.D. and a full-fledged career. I went through a ten-year addiction in my adolescent years. I lead two sperate lives, my professional life at school and work and my life on the streets dealing and using drugs. I have first-hand experience with this epidemic and I am going to help save people’s lives as others have done for me. Going through the whole process myself, I already have the tools that I will pass on to other addicts to lead lives they never dreamt of. My schooling will teach me how to assess each client and what approach to use with them. I will learn clinical ways to help them to truly live life. My ability to empathize, sympathize, and relate to my clients will help in ways I may never know. I will lead by example, and that example is the biggest sign of hope for an addict.

  11. Alexis Schmidt
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    An Open Letter To the Invisible

    For so long you’ve been ignored, neglected and tossed to the side by our healthcare system. You’ve been deemed “the underserved”. Many labels come with who you are; immigrants, the uninsured, in poverty, disabled. Imagine a world where there is no such thing as “the underserved”, that is my goal for our future.

    I am the future of healthcare, I can implement change for you. The current healthcare system is one that is broken, one that does not cover all of its citizens. I plan on being at the forefront of creating change for you. Do not lose hope yet.

    As a third year public health undergraduate student, there is not much I can do now, but please be patient. A new plan is just on the horizon. I cannot wait to help treat you all without you worrying about the costs. I can help you all create healthcare plans in order for you to build a healthier future not only for yourself but also for your families.

    As a person whose grandparents were immigrants, I have a personal connection to you. I have the passion and drive to ensure this equity happens.

    Just know that you’re not invisible to me.

  12. Macy Hulin
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    Be the Light

    When you enter the medical field of nursing, you are entering a lifetime of service. When you finally graduate and get your first job at a hospital, you are saying that you want to serve those around you. You are saying that you don’t care what race or background they come from. You are saying that they are worth being cared for.

    Every day I want to step through those hospital doors and be a light to those around me. I want to step into the patients’ rooms with a smile on my face and treat them like they’re royalty. I want to show people that I genuinely care about them and that they are important. People are always hurting, and I want to take up the challenge of making them forget their pain for a minute. I want them to see me not just as their nurse, but as a close friend, someone they can talk to.

    I will take all of my knowledge of nursing and use it to heal. I want to not only heal but to take down that invisible curtain between nurses and patients and show them I am human too. I want to be a nurse that they will forever remember as being kind and treating them like they are friends. I want to be the light.

  13. Jennifer Block
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    You are Understood

    You are understood. That is what I want each and every of one of my patients to know. Although I do not know your name, where you live, your situation, I know that if you are my patient you need help and most of all love. In the realm of counselling the patient needs to know their counsellor is truly listening to them and is not going to spew out advice without first taking time to listen and consider all the things the patient has said, and the things they haven’t. Life is complicated, messy, and hard. That is why I believe it is my job to comfort and help every person that comes to me without bias to any part of them. Truly understanding takes so much work on my part, however I believe it is crucial to my job. These are people in need and I need to be the best I can be for them. They need to understand they are treasured and loved. They need to know I care deeply about not only their health, but their hearts. To my future patients, it is not just my job but my honour to serve you in a way that you feel understood, supported, and loved.

  14. Tori
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    Til Death Do Us Part

    As a current nursing student, I can only imagine what my future patients will be like. I have quite a lot of experience with the elderly population, and I love working with them. I imagine that my future patients will be the older generation. They will be people with amazing stories and wisdom to pass on to me. I imagine that I will be able to help them maintain as much of their independence and dignity as possible, while they share their life stories with me. I have always loved hearing these stories. Many people just see an elderly person when they look at this population. I see the child that they were, the adult they grew into, and the wise person they are today.
    My patients may be struggling, whether it be physically or emotionally. They may need help with everyday tasks, or they may simply need a smiling face. No matter what they need, I will be the person that provides that help and support for them. When they are feeling down, I will talk to them; if they don’t want to talk, I will sit with them. I imagine that some of my patients will be lonely and have no one to rely on. I will ensure that they won’t feel abandoned. No one will feel alone. I will be there for them; their nurse, their caretaker, their friend.

  15. Kayla Watkins
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    The Future for Destitute Women and Their Babies

    My goal in my future career is to become a missionary midwife. After witnessing poverty and lack of healthcare systems in developing countries, my heart breaks for the women who have to give birth alone, scared, and in unsanitary places. I want to be an encouragement to these women and their families. Many of them don’t know where their next meal is coming from, let alone how they’re going to pay for prenatal care. I want to assure them that someone cares, that they have a voice, and that there can be a better future for themselves and their babies. These women are hopeless. My goal is to help bring down the maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries. I want to teach the local women proper midwifery skills, along with nutrition, sanitation, and family planning. Using my nursing/midwifery skills, I want to not only help these women physically deliver healthy babies, but also emotionally as they grieve the loss of their children and families.

  16. Zachary Scheett
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    I can fix that

    The future of patient care will be driven by technology. I aspire to be an orthopedic surgeon and plan on starting my premedical education at Michigan State University next fall. Our future patients will have grown up in an era surrounded by technological advancements no matter what age they are. Senior citizens in 20 years will remember the first laptops and cordless telephones and millennial will be reminiscing about iPods and iPhones. These advancements mean that our healthcare system will also make great advancements with the times. In the future, patients will be treated very carefully and stunningly with great technology, that will allow for the best possible care. Everything will be detectable and doctors will seldom miss any issues due to technological flaws. Our future patients will be blessed with a life of technology, only helping them much more when they need it most. As a surgeon, I will grasp this technology and use it to my own and my patients advantage and as an orthopedic surgeon, help to make lives easier. Less often saying, there is nothing we can do, and more often saying, I can fix that.

  17. Willa Cipolla
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    Personal Connections

    As a healthcare professional (either in pediatrics, orthopedics, psychiatry or surgery), I hope to better my patients’ lives not by just physically healing them, but connecting with them personally. It’s vital that a patient trusts their caregiver: their life is literally in their hands! By making connections with my patients, I’ll be giving them the opportunity for trust.

    When I’ve been in the role of patient (through a bone break and three other occasions), it was always comforting to know my doctors thought of me as a person to care for, not as just another patient to get in and out of the hospital as quickly as possible. I have always seen my future patients being similar in terms of wanting to feel personally “seen” by their caregivers, not just a mass of skin and bone.

    Yes, doctors have an inevitably busy schedule. That doesn’t mean that patients should feel obligated to rush through visits. I know there are many pressing restrictions, but I will make sure my patients know my time with them is only about them. I won’t rush through their questions. I’ll give them many opportunities to inquire about their treatments and healing — and give them my cell so I can be available 24/7.

    I hope to become the type of healthcare professional who genuinely cares about the people they treat. Getting emotionally connected with my patients will give me even more incentive to treat them in the most painless and humane way possible.

  18. Kendall Barnes
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    Serving the Underserved

    Growing up in a small town, with a single mom, good healthcare that didn’t result in a huge bill at the end of the month was hard to find. I remember going to a van for checkups that was a part of a state-funded program so families could receive care for a cheaper cost. I know that feeling of embarrassment and what it is like to avoid going to the doctor because of the financial burden. Now that I have been accepted into a Physician Assistant program I will be able to help people get good healthcare at a cheaper cost. My goal is to work in primary care in a rural, underprivileged area and since I can do most things a physician can do, patients can be seen by me instead of a more expensive physician or even specialists. I am excited to be able to obtain the knowledge and skills that will allow me to treat a person’s ailment from beginning to end and to take the time to educate them on their health in order to give them a better quality of life. I see my future patients as people in need of a little help and I hope to be able to ease their hardships in health and finance

  19. Madelyn Haden
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    Reaching a Different Kind of People

    The United Nations Refugee Agency is trying to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people groups in 130 countries. The agency is in urgent need of volunteers with a passion for health and a passion for humanity: people who can respond to the desperate cries emanating from refugee camps around the world.

    Those that cry out are my future patients. Specifically, those families who are fleeing from Syria into Turkey and Greece. They are a people whose government cannot help them: mothers and children without a place to sleep, and young and old men without any ability to take direction of their own lives. These refugees are victims of circumstance: they are victims of poverty, war, famine, and often genocide.

    So, for them, I want to be a doctor without borders- a woman seeking to care for those in which a “universal”, protective health system does not exist for. I want to serve in the UNHCR, and I am doing everything possible, including minoring in Arabic, actively volunteering with “Friends of Refugees”, and taking classes by the International Red Cross, to help me better understand this people in need.

    I will meet the needs of my future charges by encouraging family planning, by educating my patients in the merits of vaccination, and by simply being there for those who need attention. My passion is with my future patients in refugee and displaced persons camps, and it is with them that I want to serve.

  20. Shannah Wayne
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    Trapped

    When considering the elderly, most people envision an old, grumpy person who drives slow and complains frequently. I picture a young soul trapped in an aging body—one who feels every ache and pain time mercilessly offers. These are people who so desperately desire to feel better. Be it mentally, emotionally, or physically, through my education and training, I will someday provide the means to help relieve this misery. As a licensed Physician Assistant, I will use my knowledge to best meet the needs of my patients. So often we hear of future health professionals proclaiming they want to “make a difference” in people’s lives. I actually want to be this difference and anticipate doing so within the next five years. There are many things in life that I’m uncertain of. These uncertainties exist on a spectrum ranging from what to order at dinner to contemplating saving deep-rooted friendships. Regardless of what these uncertainties may be, there is one thing that I have absolutely never doubted—I am meant to spend the rest of my life loving and serving people and I wholeheartedly plan on doing so through healthcare.

  21. Deb Black
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    Helping My Local Community

    When I reach my goal as Registered Nurse in 2019, I plan to stay in my hometown community hospital. You already know me as the nursing assistant who greets you at the door and assists you to feel welcome. When I am your Nurse, I can do so much more for you.

    I will advocate for you to get the best care possible. I will help you to understand your health concerns and your treatment. I will help you learn to live a healthy life style. Most of all, I will help you to develop a sense of trust in your local hospital. I will not only treat your complaint; I will also see that you have the resources you need to care for yourself and your family. I want you to know you can rely on us to care for you and to care about you. We need to be partners in your healthcare plan. I can help you to set goals and to plan how to get there! Together, we can make a better world for our community!!

  22. Shania Hoppe
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    My Dream

    My dream in life is to make a difference by helping people. It is the idea of helping these future patients that give me purpose and drive. I imagine them tall and strong, small and resilient, and old and wise. I imagine a large diversity of people; those that are smart, scared, tired, excited, confused, brave, etc. I want to be a nurse. I want to be the one to walk the scared 6-year-old through a simple procedure. I want to be the person who helps people get through the trauma and sickness.

    However, I imagine myself dealing with more than sickness and injury; I see myself helping people through hard situations. The wife that has cancer and was just given divorce papers, or the new father that just lost his wife in childbirth. I want to not only be a source of healing physically but also mentally and emotionally. I want my education to give me the opportunity to heal. I plan on using my education to help everyone coming into my care. I plan on using this so that when life gets hard and scary I can fix it for my patients.

    There are many in the health field that dream of rare medical diseases to treat or a flashy surgery to observe; this is not my dream. I dream of making a difference to my patients in my small corner of this world and being a nurse is my way of making a difference.

  23. Amy Crichton
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    Helping Trauma Victims Recover

    Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. (https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence, 2018) Victims of sexual violence experience significant and life-altering effects from the trauma they have endured. These trauma survivors will be my patients after I obtain my Masters in Family Therapy with a specialization in Sex Therapy.

    My patients will be people of all ages, races, sexual orientations and cultures. They will be survivors, working to process their trauma and experiences with me in order to develop coping mechanisms and facilitate healing. My patients could be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and countless other diagnoses that can follow sexual abuse and trauma. Their trauma could manifest itself in many ways, whether it be physically, emotionally, mentally or socially.

    As their therapist, it will be my job to guide my patients safely through their wounds in order to begin the healing process. My first job will be to create a safe space for my clients to come to. I will create a judgment free zone where listening and support are abundant. Second, I will gain my patients trust so that they can feel steady as we begin to dive deeper into the traumas that have impacted them. As we discuss these experiences, it will be my duty to take the theories and methods I learn in school and apply them to this patient’s life. I will work with my patients to develop real life coping mechanisms and actionable ways to work through their diagnosis. The patient and I will work together to apply these mechanisms to real life situations. We will practice putting these new and developing skills into play in their real life in order to further the betterment of my client’s mental, physical and emotional well-being.

    Through this work, it is my goal to help victims of trauma breathe a little easier and start to regain the feeling of control over their bodies and boundaries. I plan on being a facilitator of healing and recovery.

  24. Amanda Muhs
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    Health Maintenance is the Future

    As healthcare changes, it is focusing more on health maintenance and caring for patients before they become ill. As a family nurse practitioner, I will work with my patients to keep them healthy longer and catch health ailments sooner. We will work together to choose options that are within their budget yet control their symptoms to prevent disease progression. I will care for them as if they are my own family members regardless of their sex, religion, orientation, economic status, etc… All of my patients will be treated equally, with love, compassion, and respect.

    Building a good relationship with the patients is a key factor in providing superb care. The relationship is needed to gain trust and show the individual that you truly care about their well being and understand what they are going through. As a nurse practitioner my promise to my patients is that I will be patient, understanding, and take the time to teach them why I am choosing the care plan I am and guide them with up to date medical advice that is best with the situation they are in. Together we will agree on the plan and work towards better health.

  25. Courtney Mostul
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    Healthy Heart, Healthy Life

    Patients who are in need of cardiovascular surgery are generally suffering from serious health conditions. Their bodies are not functioning properly, and they are in need of intensive care. Simultaneously, these patients are concerned for their health, and so are their loved ones.

    That is where I step in. As a Cardiovascular Surgery Physician Assistant, my patients will be on a journey towards better health. I will be healing patients who are suffering from heart and vascular diseases and conditions. It is a goal of mine to be someone that these patients can rely on, not only to surgically and medically fix their issues, but to also be a provider that keeps them informed and feeling in control of their care. Attending Pacific University’s Physician Assistant Studies program, I will build my education to serve these patients in times that they need it most. Learning about the complicated anatomy and physiology of the human body, along with how to help patients cope with tough situations, I will be enhancing my ability to make positive impacts in others’ lives.

    I will be accessible to my patients, to keep them educated and put at ease. I will advocate for my patients, so that they can have the best medical and emotional outcomes in the preoperative, postoperative and continuing phases of their lives. As a PA, I will help America become healthier and more educated, one patient at a time.

  26. Povi Plank
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    Slimmer Native Americans

    I imagine my future patients as people in need of some guidance towards healthier decisions, mentally, physically and spiritually. I live in Flagstaff, Arizona which is right off of the Indian reservation. Native Americans are fifty percent more likely to be obese than non-hispanic whites, which is an awful statistic. What I would like to do once I get an education is go to the reservation and help inform Native Americans in order to change that statistic because health disparity is not very prevalent in Native American society.

    My goal is to complete a degree in health psychology. Throughout my life I have always wanted to be of assistance to other people. I love to do missions with my church and in my community but I am really passionate about helping people make the right decisions what it comes to nutrition. We have had an epidemic of obesity spreading like a wildfire throughout the United States and I want to be a part of changing that. I believe the first step is informing people about the effects nutrition has on health for example, diabetes, infertility, and high blood pressure.

  27. Samantha Barton
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    Don’t Worry, I’m Here

    Whether someone is struggling with a deep pain that medications just cannot reach, or recovering from an injury, or even recovering from a surgery, I’ll be there for them. I’ll be there to take care of them and teach them how to strengthen themselves so that they can take their recovery and healthcare into their own hands.

    I am pursuing my doctorate in physical therapy, a profession I have admired since I was a kid. Physical therapists provide treatment plans that consist of exercises and stretches aimed at improving overall movement, reducing pain, and preventing loss of movement. I will be their guide and crutch as they improve their physical well-being.
    While PTs can have a specialty, my goal is to have patients of all ages; I want to help as many people as possible. My overall goal is to make improving everyone’s health fun and engaging while still beneficial. I want to be there for them and hold their hand as they take their first steps toward recovery and relief.

    But besides just being their physical therapist, I want to be their friend. Everyone needs a smiling face to talk to and engage with. Why can’t that be the same person who is helping them feel better? I’ll be there to help them heal in more ways than just physical. A stressed mom with a shoulder injury who had a bad day and just needs someone to talk to will have me. I’ll be there to listen and heal. There is nothing more in this world than to help people in as many ways as I possibly can. With my future profession, I know I can make a difference in so many people’s lives.

  28. Erin May
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    Increasing Children’s Quality of Life

    As a future Occupational Therapist, I plan to increase the quality of life of children with special needs. I may be working with children in a pediatric clinic who are diagnosed with a disorder such as ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, or Cerebral Palsy. The children may not be able to communicate, control their outbursts or hold themselves upright on their own.

    Being physically, mentally, and socially challenged will be the same aspects treated through therapy. I will challenge the patient’s mind psychologically through the games we play. We focus on problem-solving, memory and critical thinking skills. I will help them physically by implementing coordination, balance and strength and conditioning-based games.

    Socially, we interact by giving directions, providing praise and engaging in simple conversation. I will be administering care to these patients, by not just prescribing purposeful activities, but by meaningful activities. Meaningful occupations will lead to further progression in a consistent, beneficial way across one’s lifespan. A meaningful activity can be categorized as children being able to use colored pencils with their dominant hand, taking their dog for a walk, or even expressing themselves with an iPad app.

    As a future OT, I can prescribe meaningful occupations that will have a stronger impact that leads to a positive feeling and intrinsic motivation. I want them to have a sense of confidence, strength and pride by doing what they love. My education from Carroll’s Master of OT program will generate the foundation for this type of healing.

  29. Tiffany Jones
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    Dear Future Patients,

    Although I have not completed my education quite yet I am determined to become your future Neonatal Nurse level lll. Because you’re still little infants I will be your voice until you’re able to speak. It will be my job to take care of you when you’re sick and weak, to feed you when no one else is around and hold you until you fall asleep. I will be with you until you leave this hospital even if that means you’re here for years.

    Through education I hope that I could truly make miracles happen. I plan to be able to give each patients family every cause and effect of their child’s illness. I want to be able to see that child taken out of incubators, taken off of oxygen and their feeding tube taken out. I plan to study everything that I possibly can so then i’m ready for any situation. It is my ultimate goal to be the best Neonatal Nurse to my patients and to the state of California.
    Sincerely Tiffany J.

  30. Miranda Undrwood
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    Preparing for the Future

    Throughout my entire life, I have been thinking about my future patients. Every lecture was recorded and reviewed several times, plenty of pens have ran out of ink, and my study pages look like an illusion of neon streaks. Since the age of fourteen, I have been reminding myself that the information I am learning will not be tested with my colleagues in a classroom, but in a hospital room as well. I am going to proudly wear my scrubs and RN badge, and march into that hospital to save many lives. For now, what I have to say to my patients: For you, it’s worth everything.

  31. Becca Miller
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    Beneath the Surface

    For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of working at Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for children with disabilities, severe illnesses, and other life challenges. I believe I have learned more about life, leadership, compassion, and joy through this experience than anything else in my entire life. I entered my first summer with the expectation that I would transform the lives of my campers, but what actually happened was far bigger than I could have imagined.

    Essentially, it was my campers who changed me. Jordan showed me the true meaning of courage when she took a “leap of faith” from the zip line even when she was terrified. Rachel taught me determination while she spent the entire session learning how to ride a bike. Ethan exemplified the beauty of originality and equality when he opened his “Nature Store” and invited other kids to play despite his autism.

    My future patients are these children. They are the kids with Jordan’s unwavering courage, with Rachel’s steadfast determination, and with Ethan’s inclusive heart.

    I want to be a pediatric nurse practitioner, and it is my hope that I will continue to be changed by my future patients. Camp has taught me many things, but most importantly it taught me that every person has a story—that there is always more to someone beneath the surface. As a nurse, this will help me treat my patients holistically and see the outstanding qualities that make up each beautiful little soul.

  32. Mackenzie Goda
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    Nursing Without Borders

    My desire to become a nurse kept me motivated in my high school education with the hope of getting into a good college, and in my college education thus far in hopes to one day get into nursing school. While my journey to become a nurse is still in its beginning steps, I believe that with hard work and dedication, having these goals in the back of my mind is what will allow me to achieve anything I set my mind to.

    While you can never know what the future has in store for you, I have a pretty good idea of how I’d like it to look. Upon returning home after a week-long medical mission trip in the Dominican Republic, I immediately felt called to do more. Nurses are in high demand all across our country, but even more so internationally, especially in poverty- stricken areas that do not have adequate medical training and supplies. My dream is to one day start my own non-profit medical missions team, where we can travel to multiple third world countries, and help in their local hospitals. Here, not only will I have the opportunity to meet people from different cultures all around the world, but I will also be able to help them, and make a difference in their life. I would like to use my education to touch the lives of others, and help my future patients from all over the world.

  33. Ingrid Valencia
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    Settling Nerves

    As a future Radiology Tech, you never know who your future patient is going to be. In the Emergency department you get all types of patients. Some are loud, some are quiet and others are talkative. Every day is a new patient. Every day is a new personality and new emotions.

    I wouldn’t say that there is a “typical” patient, but if there was I would say based on past experiences, a typical patient would be quiet and serious. I would say the reason that they are this way is because whenever someone comes to the ED and into Radiology to get x rays, they might be frightened and overwhelmed with all the equipment and loud noises they hear coming from the machines.

    In cases like these, before I start my exam I will explain to my patients what will be expected during the exam, how many images I will have to take and what I will have my patients do in order to assist to get good quality images for a correct diagnosis. My education in patient care will assist me to help my patients in the future and show compassion towards them, which some health care professionals’ lack. Patients will seem more comfortable and happy once they see that the workers show them that they care and see them as an individual and not as any other patient. That is what I imagine for myself when I think about helping my future patients. Showing compassion.

  34. Hailey Baltosser
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    You Are My Purpose

    I know your time here can be scary. You might not even remember it by the time you’re older. Rooms with white walls, several flashing machines, standard hospital beds and furniture. You might not know what is going on or why you’re here. You may have your parents by your side. You may have no one to hold you, but don’t you worry I will make sure to stop back in once I am done with my rounds. Some of you are simply in here for respiratory problems and other illnesses. Some of you came into this world only knowing pain as you scream from drug withdrawals. Some of you have been abused, neglected, and don’t know what love is. You’ll come from all different kinds of ethnicities and vary in age, never above twenty one years old though.

    I hope in the time I spend with you I can make your stay as bearable as possible, distracting you from the chaos that may be happening in your life right now. I’ll bring you whatever you need, just hit the call light. Even if it’s just to talk. I am here for you. It won’t always be an easy job, but I am here to serve you and help you because that is what I love to do. I want to make an impact on your life, big or small. My education will help you start your life journey, healthy as can be.

    With love,
    Your future pediatric nurse

  35. Eleni Doherty
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    With Patients Comes Families

    As a future ICU nurse I will be making your time with us comfortable. I will still continuously talk you through things, even though you will not be able to respond. In times like these, I know that you will be okay. Your family members however will not be. I will take care of them, I promise. They will know exactly what you’re going through. If I can do anything to ease their minds like pray with them, tell them what’s happening over and over, even just sit in silence. You are my number one priority, and I know if you could speak you would want me to take care of your family as well as I take care of you. I’ll wait for the day when you can visit me again after making a full recovery! If not, I will always remember you, just as I have with the patients before you. You are important to me and I will do everything in my power to make sure yours and your family’s rights are protected.
    Yours truly
    Eleni Doherty

  36. Jasmine Walker
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    Those Who Are Ignored Are the Most important to Serve

    From a young age, I’ve dreamed of working in the healthcare field. My passions, science, service, and mentoring, have led me to pursue a degree in human health, and career in pediatrics and translational research. Translational research is important because it is a field that focuses on studying health issues that can be directly applied from the lab bench to the hospital bedside. There are so many health issues and disparities that are disproportionately impacting the population, and there needs to be more of a focused effort on finding health solutions that serve those communities.

    For example, one of those communities are individuals and families that have low health literacy. Individuals who have low health literacy have difficulty understanding and acting on the health information that is given to them. These are typically, but not limited to, individuals who are from minority backgrounds, or who have lower levels of education. There are so many patients in the world today that have low health literacy, are who are afraid to speak up. These are the individuals I hope to serve in my future career. I believe there needs to be a more concentrated effort on not only making healthcare accessible to these individuals, but also making their health information more understandable.

  37. Alexandra Wormley
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    Future Space Travelers

    When I tell someone I want to be a space psychologist, some explanation is usually required. Initially, they probably picture me in a space suit, psychoanalyzing a fellow astronaut as we gaze out over our solar system. I laugh at that picture; I get sick on anything car rides– there’s no way I’m taking 3 gs on a space shuttle ascent. My dream job isn’t a romantic or adventurous one; it’s a life on earth in academia and research, studying the psychological effects of space travel.

    Obscurity notwithstanding, this field of science is going to be critical in the coming years. I truly believe our future lies in the stars, whether it be on Mars colonies or massive space stations in Earth’s orbit. The progress will be slow initially; we won’t be jumping into warp speed anytime soon. But the effects of this frontier expansion on the mind are unknown. How will we react when faced with the enormity of the planet outside our space shuttle window? How will the astronauts on the forefront of space travel handle the stress and close-quarters of extended missions? How do we best simulate life on earth within a space station to ease the transition into long-term interstellar travel? Right now, my future patient is a kid. They study math or science by day and dream of flying into space by night. I cannot wait to meet them and help them accomplish their dreams.

  38. Faith Jurges
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    Dear Future Patients,

    I want to be your health partner in your fight against chronic diseases and management of your health conditions. As a Registered Nurse, I see the struggles of patients with chronic conditions resorting to using the Emergency Department as their only resource and access for health care. In my studies towards a Family Nurse Practitioner, I want to help you manage those conditions before they become a full blown Emergency, I want to work with you and for you in order to manage and care for not only your physical health, but your emotional and mental well-being! Let me help you to help yourself become a better version of YOU. We will work together to promote a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention, while also managing your chronic conditions in a satisfactory way with respect to your individual preferences, culture, and beliefs. As my future patient, I have the upmost respect for your choices in the health care decisions and will strive to meet your goals and priorities while providing high quality education so you can make an informed decision regarding health care. Let me help you be the best you that you can be!

  39. Alayna Rogoski
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    NICU: Treating America’s Future

    For years, I have watched my mother take care of the sick. Being the daughter of a Respiratory Therapist, I have learned a lot about the sacrifice and dedication it takes to care of people that suffer from disease in America today. I want to follow in my Mom’s footsteps, sort of. I want to be a nurse and work in a Neonatal ICU. No matter which direction healthcare goes, children will always be the future. Without children, there are no adults, and without adults, there is no future in healthcare.

    My dream and passion is to work with the tiniest and most fragile of humans, premature infants. They are not only the frailest, but they are, in the same respect, the strongest fighters. I had the opportunity to tour a NICU, and have listened to the stories and the determination of the infants that my mom has helped to go on to be productive adjusted adults in society. New technology is being developed every day as well as new life saving procedures to help the future of our country. I want to be able to help a child grow, overcome their adversities, and go home to grow to be a productive part of the world. Helping these children, the ones who cannot help themselves, is the best way I can contribute to the growth of healthcare in America, and around the world.

  40. Joslyn Garza
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    “You’re too young to be depressed.”

    Working in the mental health field, I hear this way too often. Both parent and healthcare workers talking to 13-year-old kids about how they should feel. I knew from an early age nursing is what I wanted to do. I was a troubled kid, with no one around me to validate my feelings. As this world continues to change, I see more and more negativity and children falling into a state of no control. Teenagers are learning to cope in the wrong way, from self-harm to self-medicating. Mental health is being pushed under the rug and ignored, especially in these adolescents. I have worked with teens struggling with mental health issues, and I only see it becoming more prevalent as the years go by. My future patients will be just that, children who feel as they lost hope.

    When I become a nurse, each patient that I encounter will be seen as my own child. I will be an example of a lost soul who found their way. I will not stop until I know that they know they are worthy, and are going to make something in the world they are living in. I have the knowledge, skills, empathy and personal experience to make these kids realize that they are our future.

  41. Rebekah Wilson
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    Trauma Patients

    The people who I will be serving as a nurse will come from all walks of life and in their most critical hour of need. They’ll come from car accidents, with gunshot wounds, with knife wounds, as a girl assaulted and a child abused by its’s parents. As a trauma nurse, I will be caring for people who are on their deathbed or who may receive unlikely miracles. These people will be in unbearable pain and some will not be able to speak for themselves. It will be my sacred duty to be their voice, give them comfort, and reassure their worried loved ones.

    For some patients, I may be their last experience of kindness here on earth. For other patients, I will be their hope and the one who fought to save their life. As a trauma nurse, I will work under chaotic and traumatic circumstances. I will be exhausted and overwhelmed but I will keep it together for the sake of scared, traumatized and hurting people. To me they are more than patients, they are human beings with physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. I want to be a safe space for abuse victims and rape victims. I want them to feel safe enough with me that I can be their voice. As a trauma nurse, I won’t just treat their injuries but advocate for their emotional wellbeing as well. My job may not be glorious, and it may be unappreciated, but it is all worth it if I get the chance to be somebody’s second chance at life. It is because of these people that I want to be a trauma nurse.

  42. Ashleigh Deal
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    The Microbiome is the Key to our Health

    On a daily basis, we are never alone as we live symbiotically with millions of microorganisms that call our bodies home. The bacteria living in our gut play an integral role in digestion and need to be kept healthy, so that we can be healthy. Issues with the common diet, riddled with fast and processed food, sugar, and animal products create an undesirable environment for the microbiome, leading to obesity, cancer, and many other conditions that could easily be prevented or treated with nutritional therapy full of prebiotic fiber, probiotics, and lots of water. Supporting a thriving microbiome could also help future patients that have developed a resistance to antibiotics, as they have taken so many that they are no longer effective against bacterial infections. If their microbiome is healthy, they will be able to combat pathogens more efficiently make a stronger recovery.

  43. hailey a morris
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    Pediatrics: our patients are cuter than yours

    One thing that I have always loved is spending time with children. For the longest time I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. However my mom pursued her dream of being a nurse when I was 8 years old and I remember how much she wanted to make her dream her reality. I began thinking about the medical field and if it was something I wanted to consider. After realizing I could become a pediatrician and spend my time helping the children of my community, I decided that I really wanted to go for it. I am already the first person on my dads side of the family that will even go to college. It would be quite the accomplishment for me to become the first doctor in the family. The more time that goes by, the more I find myself wanting it even more. I find myself watching medical shows, wearing medical related clothing, even my socks have stethoscopes on them! I cannot wait to pursue my dream of becoming a pediatrician and serving the children of my community.

    I imagine my patients at the age of 0-18 coming into my pediatric clinic with injuries that kids usually have. For example, a sprained wrist or a broken ankle. I also imagine seeing newborns with their first time parents not knowing if something is wrong with their baby. I also imagine seeing patients with rashes and bug bites that could be infected. Most kids like to get dirty and that means a number of possible injuries. Kids are most definitely a handful to say the least. They say and do the darnedest things, but they sure are cute.

  44. Sydney Pittner
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    My future patients are going to be just like me

    Why are they going to be just like me? Well, because we all go into the doctor’s office, to the dentist and to the hospital for one common thing….help. I imagine them to be just like me, someone who needs help and is seeking a professional that they can hopefully trust. I want my patients to trust me, to be able to come to me and not be afraid of what they need help with. Have you ever gone to the doctors or dentist and was afraid of what they will say. I don’t want my patients to feel that way.

    I plan to pursue my career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner because I myself deal with mental health problems. I want to help others and spread awareness on mental health because growing up I didn’t know what anxiety or depression was, but I knew it was frowned upon. I ask myself why? Why was it frowned upon, why didn’t we learn about it in school? These are things I want to help with. With my education not only can I help my future patients because I have a degree but because before getting my degree I had experience not just from school but my own personal experience. It could be scary going to a doctor for mental health when they have never experienced it themselves. I don’t want to be just a nurse with a degree but a nurse who is relatable. So to my future patients, I plan to treat you like you’re just like me when I need help. You are important and I care about your needs. I can’t wait to meet you.

  45. Tess Bradley, BSN, RN
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    Healer of Broken Minds

    To my future patients- I want to first acknowledge the bravery your presence in my office shows. In this world, seeking help for mental illness is seen by society as a weakness. This perception is far from the truth. When a person breaks their leg, they are in pain and cannot function properly in activities of daily living. So what do they do? They go to the doctor to receive help so that they may heal properly. My assumption is that you have come to me because something about your mind feels “broken”, it is causing you pain and making it hard to perform normal daily functions. You have done exactly what the person with a broken leg would do, and that is something to be proud of- never ashamed of. You have sought out help from a professional so that you too may heal properly.

    Gaining my psychiatric nurse practitioner license will enable me to provide you with the most advanced and holistic care there is available. Until then, my promise to you is a concept no letters behind my name can illustrate. Know that you asking me to help you heal what is broken in your mind is something I do not take lightly. You no longer carry this pain alone, and if you will let me, I will care for you like you deserve to be cared for. To feel pain is to be human, so whomever you may be, I look forward to meeting you.

  46. Shannon McNall
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    We Are The Same

    My future patients are human beings. They are not products of their ailments and injuries. They are mothers, sons, mentors, and so much more. One day I will treat Jimmy’s sprained ankle, and do everything I can to help him be ready for his upcoming travel soccer tryouts. A few months later I will listen to his grandmother’s concerns about a cough that she cannot seem to get rid of.

    As a future physician, I will have responsibilities to my patients that extend far beyond simply treating their illnesses. I will be a listening ear. Health is more than just physical and I will be able to provide better care to my patients if I know about their lifestyles. I will know that Stephanie needs to figure out the source of her sore throat as soon as possible because the auditions for the school musical are next week, and that Mrs. O’Connor spends 4 days a week on her feet volunteering at a local food pantry which may explain the back pain she has been experiencing.

    Similarly, I will be an educator for my patients. I will be sure my patients know how to best care for themselves and are clear about everything that I tell them. Each of my patients is a person, just like I am. A physician’s responsibility is to provide her patients with the best care possible, and I aspire to do so by taking care of all aspects of my patients’ wellbeing.

  47. Arial
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    My Heroes, My Patients

    My Grandpa. My Uncle. My Dad: these are my future patients. I grew up in a household where mental illnesses were seen as something that everyone experiences, especially the male heroes in my life. I’ve never once seen them as weak, yet their brain plays tricks on them. All three of my heroes have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and have suffered from depression. This is not the only similarity that they share; they were also all in the military. My grandpa was in Vietnam as a corpsman, my uncle in Afghanistan as a sniper, and my dad in the Navy as an Engineer. There have been times where they were gone for months, even years at a time. Yet, when they return, they hide behind a smile.

    I do not want my future heroes to hide anymore. I want to find ways to manipulate the brain in order to help their recovery. They deserve our help, but I can’t help them without helping myself first. My education will provide me with the tools to aid in their suffering. Research is the central dogma of medical advancement, and I want to submerge myself in the brain, in their mind, in what makes people who they are and the endeavors they face. They should not have to conceal their individual struggles anymore. I want to provide the hope that they need, and later teach the younger generations that the mind is full of mystery and it is our most powerful weapon.

  48. Anna Kapustina
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    From Military Podiatrist to Patients

    I hope to become a podiatric physician who serves the military community. I want my future patients to know that I will be there to help. I want to become a kind of physician who cares for a patient, not just the injury, the one who is dedicated to helping and healing, the unique one.

    As a US Navy service member and medic I know the military community well. I know my patients are different, and they put a lot of effort and hard work in performing their duties. They sacrifice spending time with their loved ones. They work at the highest levels to protect and defend our country.

    I will put my patients back on their feet, one foot at a time, because it is important for them to stay mobile, independent, and strong. It will give me pride and joy to cure ailments, heal bodies, and save lives.

    As I progress in my career, I will perform more scientific research and establish myself as an educator for my patients. As a result, I will be helping more than just one patient I see in person.

    I am as ready as I’ll ever be and excited to continue this journey to Podiatric medical school. I want to give back to my community by serving humanity and the science of medicine.

    I will see you soon in the Fleet, my dear future Patients!

  49. Michaela Schmid
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    Children in Need

    Children with Cancer: you’ve seen them. You’ve seen them in the commercials, faking smiles into the camera while their families are hugging them, holding back the tears of sorrow, despondency, and pain. You’ve seen them as they are pushed around in their wheelchairs, wearing their bland hospital gowns, sporting a naked, shiny head, or occasionally wearing a hat or wrap, smiling at the nurses and therapists as they are wheeled into another room. Then, they show the nurses working with the children, injecting needles into them, shining a light into their eyes and ears, checking vitals, etc. The doctors are shown talking with the families, excitedly explaining benefits of a new treatment method they have discovered and talking of possible routes of treatments to follow. And finally, the therapists, specifically the occupational therapists, are working with the children. They help them learn how to walk, talk, and any other activities they need assistance on improving.

    As an occupational therapist, these children will be my future patients and I cannot wait to meet them! I have an undying love for helping children in need, and I want to use my passions to help them live the best life, no matter how long or short it may be. I want to help children forget about their wretched bodily afflictions and remember what true happiness is, teaching them how to live to be thriving individuals amid a disease-ridden world.

  50. Alexis Rae Woody
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    Looking Towards a Bright Future

    The people that I will be taking care of once I am through nursing school will be people of my parents age, the older co-workers I work with, and the teachers that have taught me what I have learned. I expect the typical characteristics of a patient or client are about the same as the residents I work with now. I am a companion at a local retirement campus. They will need my help because eventually my parents, co-workers and teachers will not be able to do the things that they taught and helped me do.

    My education will help them because I will have the ability to help them medically with a major in nursing. I will also be able to help them mentally with a minor in psychology. With my past work experience it will help me serve them as well. I have learned better patience, how to help in dealing with grief and how to deal with the slow process of the brain as it gets weaker.

  51. Destinee Cole
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    Child, It’s Okay to Be Scared

    I was a reckless child and have had five surgeries by the age of nineteen. You would think that each surgery got a little less scary, but they never did. Laying in a hospital bed at the age of ten with an IV in one arm and a cast around the other for the third time was still just as scary as the first time. The nurses who took care of me reminded me that it was okay to be scared but that everything would be okay, and I want to be that for my patients. I see my future patients as scared and vulnerable, and I want to be the support to make them a little less scared. Going into pediatrics my future patients will be scared children who have no idea what is going on, and I want to be able to explain to them that the pain and fear will soon be gone. My future patients will have scared parents, wondering if their child will be okay, and I will be the support that gets them through a tough time as well. I will be a nurse who reminds her patients that everything will be okay, and I will provide the best care that I possibly can.

  52. Chelsea Aggor
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    New Lives

    Six years ago my brother was born and I still remember the day my mom told me that I was going to have another sibling. I was shocked but seeing my mom’s pregnancy experience with all its highs and lows and going with her to her appointments was eye opening.
    On one doctor’s visit, we went to the University of South Florida (USF) and the person taking care of my mom was a student. That day he found my brother’s heartbeat. To hear his life within her was the most surreal moment of my life. Now I’m going to USF and plan on doing the same thing because becoming an obgyn is more than just women, pregnancies, and delivering.
    It’s about the woman who’s infertile but trying. It’s about the newlywed who’s ready to start a family. It’s about the fifteen year old girl who got told she’s pregnant. It’s about the woman with five children and is excited for her sixth. It’s about the college rape victim that found out she has an STD. It’s about the baby diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. It’s about the woman who is in the delivery room for the first time. My future patients aren’t just females. They’re females with stories and backgrounds. They’re unborn babies that are going to do great things for the world. My goal is to ensure that women are happy and healthy and babies have hope to live a successful life.

  53. Denise Torres
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    The Vision

    As I enter my second year of college, my future career is always in the back of my mind. I use that vision as my determination to do well in school and it keeps me going when life gets rocky. This heart-warming vision is taken place in a pediatric clinic. I am educating a patient’s mother that her boy is going to healthy as long as she follows the proper procedures in cleaning the wound on his knee. Then, I look over to the little boy and he smiles at me while holding a lollipop in his hand. He asks me if his leg is going to heal by the time he goes to high school (keep in mind he’s four years old with a minor scrape). I laugh and nod my head in response with his mother. In that moment, although it hasn’t happened, I feel the reason why the long nights of studying are paid off. The stress of college, not only educationally but financially by saving up every penny I had is worth it at the light of the tunnel. There lies the immediate peace, almost a sense of relief that I will feel because I was able to help a mother and her child.

  54. Audrey Groves
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    Furry Friends

    My future patients are not your typical humans. They usually have four legs and are covered in fur. My future patients are species around the world that are on the brink of extinction. One day, I will be a wildlife veterinarian, saving species around the world by working alongside conservationists in hope to enhance the effectiveness of conservation of exotic animals. By becoming a veterinarian, I will provide excellent medical care to these animals by using my unique skills, training, and experience to provide preventative and therapeutic medicine in hopes to preserve wildlife. Due to habitat fragmentation, degradation, and isolation of certain species (examples being zoos, circuses, and petting farms), there has been an increase in contact between humans and animals. This, in turn, increases the possibility of spreading zoological diseases, resulting in deaths of all species.
    Unfortunately, many species have become extinct over the past century. I hope to be able to apply my professional skills and work with those as a team to help save species that are at risk of extinction and help decrease the risk of zoological diseases from spreading across the world. I believe zoos are leaning more towards an educational purpose rather than entertainment by introducing an educational values and reintroduction programs to bring population numbers up in threatened species. By becoming a veterinarian and taking part in these programs, I will be able to provide essential skills and enhance the effectiveness of conservation.

  55. Breyani Robinson
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    The Sedated Soldiers

    Motionless, unconscious, critically ill individuals that are completely unaware of my presence in the moment will be my future patients. As an anesthesiologist, my patients will rely on me to monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, vital organs, and their level of consciousness when they cannot do it for themselves. Perhaps, this is what intrigues me to pursue a career in Anesthesiology. I imagine that my patients will be critically ill, possibly suffering from diseases with irreversible damages that they have endured countless, long nights of pain and agony from. Pain from which their doctors cannot diagnose or heal, so instead my patient must incorporate it into their daily ritual to poison themselves with a multitude of medications which they cannot even pronounce.
    Although my patient’s charts may not come equipped with a full autobiography of their life story, from the breathtaking moment that I supply them with an inhalant or inject them with an intravenous agent, they are merely a soldier on the battlefield in hopes of winning back their chance at life once again. To an outsider, my patient may be seen for their physical characteristics: black, white, tall, short, skinny, or overweight. However, in my eyes, I will see them as one-my priority. Overall, my abilities to maintain a 4.0 GPA as a Dual-Enrollment student while participating in sports and other extracurricular activities have fully prepared me for the long road of education that is to come. I simply cannot fail my patients.

  56. Jessica De La Cruz
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    Help! No Speak English

    Transplant Surgeons take part in procedures that help give patients a better quality of life, as well as, a new opportunity of life. The biggest part of practicing medicine is that it requires a unique commitment to put the service of others first, which is what I want to dedicate my life to. I want to be a voice for the Hispanic community and ensure that Hispanic families have someone to guide and provide them with information that is needed to make the best decision for their family and loved ones.

    The transplantation process is very long one, that comes with challenges. Being able to work with Hispanic families and be able to guide them through the process of finding a donor, having the surgery, and the 1 year post-surgery checks ups is important to me. I believe it is necessary for physicians to directly talk to the donors and the recipients regarding their concerns, the procedure, and care that is needed during this process. But these services and experiences are not readily available for Hispanic families, as it is estimated that only 5.5 percent of recent medical school graduates are of Hispanic ethnicity. With an even smaller percent of these graduates choose to go on to complete surgical residencies. This thus leaving our community largely underrepresented and culturally disconnected from the surgical profession. When I become a transplant surgeon I hope to help create the connection that the Hispanic community needs with their surgeons by working in Hispanic communities.

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