The harsh experiences I had in life did not hinder me from achieving my goals; rather I took them as challenges that molded me into a stronger person. I was orphaned when I was two but my aunt and my grandfather took responsibility of taking care of me. Through their efforts of providing me with a better education, I literally worked tirelessly and spent less sleep working on homework and school-related activities to keep up with the standards imposed upon me.
Two years ago, I was a senior high school student in the Philippines filled with plans and ambitions to achieve. I graduated as the top student of our class and was chosen as Valedictorian of the Class of 2002, with many university and college scholarships were waiting ahead of me. Yet, I turned my back on all of those opportunities in exchange for a better place, and maybe a better future here in Canada.
Since childhood, the studies of medicine and science interested me profoundly. As a child, I persistently asked questions and went with my aunt as she worked in the pharmacy. Later in high school, I tutored students with difficulties in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. In addition, I did a Cold Call project in CAPP 11 on the topic of Pharmacy, which led me into a deeper understanding of what and where I would be a few years from now. Furthermore, I am planning to pursue my goal by taking a Science Degree in University of British Columbia or Kwantlen University College. Unfortunately, my family is facing financial problems right now, which makes it difficult for me to finance my education. However, through my determination and hard work, I firmly believe that in the near future I will be a dedicated hospital pharmacist or a doctor, and will be able to help and to inspire others in achieving their goals.