I have worked as a tutor-mentor at the Making Changes Freedom School, which is a completely volunteer-run, grassroots movement of community members who sincerely want to make an authentic, positive difference in lives of elementary and high school students. This opportunity has allowed me to interact with a diverse, multi-cultural group, and be passionately involved in helping these youths bravely confront the challenges of their day, including drugs, peer pressure, violence and alcohol. I take profound pride in seeing that I have imparted to them the importance of academic excellence and of making value-driven decisions; I myself have developed greater self-mastery, accountability for my actions, and a stronger sense of altruism.
I have lived (for three years or more) in communities, which are medically underserved, or where the majority of the population is economically and / or educationally disadvantaged. If yes, please explain briefly (in 3 sentences or less).
Much of my youth was spent in Lemon Grove, CA and where I presently reside – Richmond, CA. These areas are among the most educationally and economically underprivileged areas in the United States; the frequent interaction I have had with underprivileged members of the community has developed my resolute decision to become a doctor because it is the most tangible and concrete means of assistance I could lend them.