Victoria L.

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Michigan has revamped itself. We’re powerfully using our voices to renew city downfalls rather than lose all faith in their recovery. Use Detroit as an example. To build this city back up took continuous faith and dedication but has been extremely worth the reward. In the fall, I'm personally dedicating myself to a major in Biological Sciences and minor in International Studies, with the intent of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. 

This year, my parents underwent surgeries: my dad having had a bulging disc and my mother having lost cartilage in her knee. Fortunately, they’re in a financial bracket that makes those procedures accessible for them. However, Michigan has a minority that regularly has to sacrifice the quality of their physical health because they cannot afford the procedures. Yet in other countries this isn’t the case. 

During the first half of high school I lived in England. I've realized that valuing cultural differences has allowed me to interact with other races better. I plan on using this trait when I study abroad to analyze advances in foreign orthopedics and hopefully bring back tactics that will satisfy lower-income Michigan residents to receive equal treatment when I repair broken limbs, regardless of their financial standpoint. I’ll also dedicate time to brainstorm new equipment that will help Michigan residents feel more functional after surgery: ensuring the use of better hardware to keep restorations secure without having the patient need to spend absurd costs on endless rehabilitation due to faulty machinery inside of them. 

Also, I’m very fortunate to participate in events hosted by well known hospitals in Michigan such as Beaumont and St John. I found that shadowing senior, orthopedic resident Kelly Carlberg at Beaumont has also given me more confidence to go into orthopedics as a female. Society usually delegates the medical field to males, but I believe my involvement can help inspire more females in Michigan to continue achieving their goals, despite if odds aren’t in their favor. 

Though, my college career is focused towards giving back medically. I value direct community involvement . Recently I’ve started the “Extra Mile”: a free tutoring program that I will run through Russell Woods Church of Christ in the spring. My inspiration specifically came from Michigan residents who claim they belong to a certain “mile”. For example, because live in Southfield, I would claim my residency on 12 mile. This distinction of what mile a person “belongs to” is an inhibitor. People convince themselves that outsiders won’t relate to their tribulations. However, the “Extra Mile”, is the junction I want where both suburban and urban residents can find a commonality to enrich our relationships instead of subjecting some to never have access that others have from birth. I’m extending my hand in this program for free so that individuals have no reason not to take advantage of it. I hope to develop the magnitude of the people I help in Michigan by using new cross-cultural teaching strategies that I'll learn from my minor: International studies.