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I got involved in student government during my first year, as a Student Life Committee representative. I wanted to make a difference on campus and get to know everyone. I had to really listen in order to find out what students wanted, and what should be changed. When running for president last year I was challenged to a debate, which was the most intense and difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. I practiced and trained hard, and I did well in the end. It made me realize I could do anything I set my mind to.
I’ve gotten a lot of experience in my field in the last few years. I volunteered for Hospice during my time at Bard, which was a moving and humbling experience. As part of the Bard Summer Research Institute, I spent two summers working at the Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeons with a Bard alumnus. Everyone should have access to opportunities like this, which is why I want to teach in a high-needs school district before I go to medical school. The science achievement gap in low-income areas is huge, and they need well-qualified science teachers. It’s my duty to go, since Bard has given me the skills.