December 30, 2014 Was A Day I Almost Lost Everything. This

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December 30, 2014 was a day I almost lost everything. This cold and rainy Thursday evening, I received a call from my twin sister, which was out of the norm. She called me apologizing for being distant the few months prior and to say she loved me. Instantly, I knew something was wrong. Two minutes into the conversation, I realized my worst nightmare was about to become a reality; she was preparing to attempt suicide. I began to assure her that she was loved, but then I heard the most alarming words anyone can ever expect to hear from a loved one. She said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t do this anymore” and the phone call was instantly disconnected. I jumped in my car and rushed to her apartment. I arrived about thirty minutes later with enough…show more content…
Coincidently however, my twin sister informed me of her desire to commit suicide. She was dealing with depression, and I knew I needed to be there for her. I decided to visit her and became more involved in her life so that she understood how much I loved her. Knowing she was going through so much took a toll on me academically and emotionally. Throughout our childhood our bond was unbreakable. My sister’s well-being was most important to me and I was not sure what to do. As a first-generation college graduate, an accomplishment my African-American family and community holds dear, I knew I needed to graduate. In my pursuit to devote more time to my sister, I decided I would only do well enough to pass my classes. Unfortunately, due to this decision, my grades suffered dramatically. However, throughout all of this, I enjoyed my public health courses so much, that I managed to obtain a 3.4 grade point average (GPA) in my public health courses. The fact that public health continued to grasp my attention in the mist of turmoil, demonstrated that this was the path I needed to undertake.
My Public Health Practicum course at the University of California Irvine (UCI) and my mission experience to South America further propelled me toward a career in public health. In the final year of my undergraduate degree, I took my Public Health Practicum course, which was a requirement to
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