My Journey Through Academia Is Not Easy

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My journey through academia was not easy. Furthermore, given an opportunity I can show that I can achieve my goals of becoming a medical student, working my way through medical school, and ultimately becoming an attending physician. I first enrolled in college in 1999 and failed miserably. Because of poor decision-making I earned a 0.98 GPA after 58 credit hours. After that I was academically suspended from the university, left with minimal options to improve my life, and I nearly fell victim to the statistics of my neighborhood where many do not make it out. After about seven years of working I decided to enlist in the United States Navy and joining the Navy profoundly changed my life in ways that were unimaginable. As a result of my ship being deployed to the middle of the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom consequently I realized I wanted to be a physician. My job was to inspect helicopters after they underwent maintenance and sign whether or not the aircraft was safe for flight. The responsible of many aircrafts fell on my shoulder and by extension, many lives did too. Those responsibilities subsequently prepared me for some of the responsibilities required in the field of medicine. On January 20, 2009, I watched the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Barack Obama was able to defy the odds and eventually become the first African American president this nation had elected. At that moment I realized I

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