Overcoming adversity essay for medical school

Growing up, my mother always dreamt that I would take up medical studies to become a doctor.  I understood that she wanted me to be successful, to work in a lucrative profession, and to be doing something to help others.  It was a wonderful aspiration that I had hoped to make a reality.  Throughout the natural course of my development and maturation, however, I felt a growing desire for an entirely different direction, one that has led me to seek out an education in Professional Communication.  While a career in medicine would certainly make my mother proud, I feel that my passion for broadcasting will take me to greater heights of success and self-fulfilment, ultimately putting me in a position where my love for what I do will drive me to achieve more and be a good example to those who follow their dreams, just as I am.

I.  Introduction
A.  My mom’s dream of me becoming a doctor
B.  How being a doctor is lucrative, esteemed, and altruistic
C.  Growing up and having different interest and direction (toward broadcasting)
D.  Applying to Professional Communication
E.  How my love for broadcasting/communication can take me to greater heights

B.  A difficult situation
A.  The biggest inspiration in my life is my father
B.  My father was the mast of the ship that is my family
C.  He provided for us, gave moral support, and he was the gravity that held us together
D.  Unfortunately, my father was diagnosed with cancer and he passed away 2 years ago
E.  It was a turning point in our lives as a family, one that left us emotionally, morally, and financially upturned
F.  It forced us all to mature faster, work harder toward our dreams, and pull closer together as a family.
G.  I’ll never forget my dad’s last words of wisdom for me: “Just be yourself, your maturation is your success“

C.  Following my dreams and being myself
A.  Before my father died, I was already finding my own identity through my “maturation”
B.  In high school, I became leader of a broadcasting station, appeared as MC at music concerts and events, and took on the role as vice-president of the social affair action team
C.  I also found myself joining in a number of events myself
i.  Winning second place in the duet performance contest as guitarist for my class
ii.  Joining and winning first-prise in the English is Fun contest
D.  My experience in HCMC Conservatory of Music, with the 7-year academic course in piano
E.  Being selected by HCMC for the city-level Excellent-Student Contest, wherein we won second prize and a monthly scholarship from HCMC
F.  Reflecting on my “maturation” and realizing my own direction in life is to pursue a career in a communications-related career where my life experiences can drive me to success.

D.  Applying for scholarship at ___________ (school)
A.  I feel that the events in my life have led me to this decision to apply for a scholarship for the Professional Communication major at ________.
B.  Not only is an education and career in Professional Communication a passion of mine that I am dedicated to pursuing, but it is also a way for me to honor my father’s last words of advice for me, to recognize my success through my maturation.
C.  Receiving a scholarship will not only give me the means (financial aid and education) necessary to achieve my dreams, but it will also help me go on to reach some of my other objectives in life, such as my determination to earn a scholarship to study abroad for a master degree and make a living for myself and my family.

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