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How AHEC Changed My Life

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One struggle that almost every teenager is faced with is the decision of how he or she wants to spend the rest of his or her life. We have been asked since we were in kindergarten, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Only now, that lingering question has teenagers stressed. They are expected to make a decision at the mere age of 18 before they have even experienced the real world. While some people get to be 80 years old, still unsure of what they “want to be when they grow up,” others are fortunate enough to find their path early on in life. In June 2015, I found the path for me in the hospital emergency room where I had the experience of a lifetime. I was participating in a summer volunteer program called “AHEC (Area Health Education Center) of a Summer.”…show more content…
It was a bittersweet moment because as a life was lost, I discovered how I wanted to live mine. Had I not taken advantage of the opportunity to attend this program or told a little white lie, I might still be wondering what I wanted to be when I grew up. Unfortunately, a life was lost for me to discover this about myself. I will never forget this patient and the experience I shared with him that changed my life. By taking advantage of this opportunity that AHEC presented me with, I was able to gain experience, knowledge, and confirmation about my future in the field of medicine. This summer program changed my life, and I hope that the Perry Outreach Program can do the same. I believe that the Perry Outreach Program is another opportunity for me to broaden my knowledge about medicine, gain experience in the medical atmosphere, and further increase my desire to become a physician. As a senior in high school, I have a long journey ahead of me before I will be able to practice medicine. However, with the Perry Outreach Program, I will be able to catch a glimpse of my future in the field of
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