Through the Emergency Room and on to Medical School Essay

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Through the Emergency Room and on to Medical School

 

Thirty years ago when my parents left behind a comfortable life in South America to pursue opportunities that would truly change their lives, they had no idea they would be foreshadowing the recent events of my life. After working for two years as an engineer, I have realized something that I had suspected all along: I do not belong in the world of business or engineering. I need to be in a profession in which I can establish unique relationships with people by having a positive impact on their lives.

 

Oddly enough, my relationship with medicine began at an early age, as a twelve year old asthmatic, living in a house with two dogs (that I insisted on having). As a
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Third, and perhaps most important, unsure of what I wanted to do, I attempted to follow the path of my father, who had chosen an engineering career and was very successful despite the odds.

 

In an attempt to fulfill the "people" aspect of engineering, I planned my academic career such that I could eventually establish myself in the business world. I even became involved with public speaking and, to date, the largest audience I have addressed was two thousand people. However, as I proceeded through the engineering curriculum I began to realize that I was making a mistake. Despite this revelation, I reached a point where I had to complete what I had begun. Upon graduation, Honeywell offered me a very attractive stipend to work for them while simultaneously obtaining a masters degree in engineering. While I was flattered to be selected for this fellowship, I respectfully declined their offer in favor of working full-time with Andersen Consulting (a computer consulting firm). I felt the best way to determine if I was going to stay in the engineering field was to work as a full-time engineer. In retrospect this was a wise decision.

 

Fourteen months with Andersen Consulting provided me with ample opportunity to investigate business and engineering opportunities. While each was distinctly different, neither offered the chance to

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