Valencia High School Sports Medicine Personal Statement

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The most significant educational opportunity I have taken advantage of is the Valencia High School Sports Medicine Program. This program prepares students for education and training in healthcare. I took advantage of this program’s resources in the following ways. After volunteering with my sports medicine class at SoCal Physical Therapy, I was prompted to start a service project of my own. On weekends in 2014 and 2015, I volunteered as the sports medicine provider for a local youth football team. I provided first aid, preventative taping, injury evaluations, and on-the-field care under the supervision of a licensed paramedic. At the time, I do not think I understood the gravity of what I was doing. At fifteen years old, these coaches and parents entrusted their children with me…show more content…
I toured the military base, mountaineered with injured Marines, and observed evaluations and treatments in the clinic. I encountered a facet of healthcare that is generally unknown to civilians. I cannot adequately articulate how eye-opening and rewarding this experience was. It confirmed that my purpose in life is to positively impact the lives of others. The determination of the injured Marines and the persistence of their healthcare teams inspired me to be someone who helps others with the same resolve. During my junior year, connections through Sports Medicine exposed me to the hospital environment. After volunteering for a few hospital events, I decided to apply for a permanent volunteer position at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. I now work on a Med/Surg nursing unit weekly, and I love giving back to my community in this way. The Sports Medicine Program is the educational opportunity that enabled me to explore and expand my passion for serving others, and led me toward pursuing a career in
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