Michigan is historically known for its tradition of excellence. We have harvested the talent and invention of Henry Ford and a young Thomas Edison; the success and enterprise of the 'Big Three'; and the beauty and nature's granduer of our Great Lakes is seen all across our great state. The state of Michigan is unique and throughout our rich history, Michigan has excelled in all possible facets and has been successful in all possible ways since its founding.
I desire to be a part of that - to build upon and directly impact the legacy of that tradition. As a native of Michigan, namely the City of Pontiac, I come from a background of extreme adversity and unfortunately the tradition of my family and friends has been quite limited. My dream is to break that cycle and start a new tradition - a tradition of excellence - the traditions that are embodied in the Michigan tradition.
My interest is in the medical industry and research, specifically. I aspire to be a nurse and to have an impact on the medical profession. Through my experiences working in my local community of Pontiac and within the local Democratic party there, I also understand that to be truly effective, policy sets the norm. Our state and our country needs policy makers that work within medicine and I desire to be one of them, having a direct impact in my state and local community.
I will prepare for this by furthering my education at the University of Michigan - majoring in nursing and minoring in political science. UofM is one of the leading research and medical institutions in the WORLD! That tradition is something that has changed the world many times over. That is the tradition I deeply yearn to be a part of - a tradition of changing worlds.
Hence, I understand that this education will also change MY world. An unfortunate tradition where mediocrity and poverty are the norms; where education is not emphasized and simple survival is the standard. Over the years, my local community of Pontiac has gone from a tradition of burgeoning success in manufacturing to economic callapse. We now carry a stigma that needs to be remedied for the better. But in true Michigan fashion, I trust that resurrgence is on the horizon within the medical profession and I will be a part of that effort.
I dont think of myself as a poor, underprivileded, ghetto girl who is limited in thinking or potential. I know who I am and I think of myself as a young, black teenager from the inner-city of Pontiac with a strong connection to God and the roots from which I have evolved. I am responsible for myself and I have to make good. I must blaze a path for success and give back to these communities that have given so much to me.