Medical School Admissions Paper on Inspiration
Georgetown Medical School Admissions Essay
Aside from my older sister who is a nurse anesthetist, no one in my family has been in the medical or other health professions. In fact, I came to college thinking that I would probably follow something similar to my father's career. He is a professor of chemistry at Penn State. When I arrived as a freshman I began as a physics major and, following the advice of my faculty advisor, restricted my extracurricular activities until I had completed my first semester. In my second semester I took up some activities outside of classes, among these was the opportunity to work at a free clinic in downtown Washington. After getting past the initial shock of discovering how poor the health and nutrition practices are among many of our city's people, I was personally gratified to find that even with so little training and acting in a subordinate position I could make a real difference in the health of the people I came there to help. By the end of the semester the doctors in charge of the clinic were giving me instructions on taking medical histories, looking for emergency symptoms, performing some of the routine tests and assisting in some of the clinical procedures.
That summer I decided to test my academic interests related to medicine and so I took a zoology course at Penn State. The lab work was what I liked best and upon returning to Georgetown in the fall I switched to a biology major and began to set my sights on medical school. I have continued to work at the free clinic and have been active in recruiting and training volunteers but I have also restricted the time I give to that work since it was clear to me and to anyone who sees my grades in the spring of freshman year that too much time devoted to an outside activity hurt my studies significantly. I believe that I have now learned better how to balance my studies and I enjoyed junior year much more thoroughly, finding time to sing in the chapel Sunday choir and serve as back-up organist for the choir.
I have not entirely turned my back on my original major, physics, and I believe that I can finish the requirements for the minor in that field during senior year. It is this continued interest in the mathematical...