Essays...
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Posting this incomplete because my laptop is being dumb:

Narrative Two

Give a personal history of yourself, your reasons for wanting to study Medicine and why you think the Dual-Degree Honors Program in
Medicine at the University of Miami is right for you? Be as specific as possible and limit your essay to two typed pages.


I was in the bathroom, a butter knife in my hand and a small guppy staring right at me. After a few seconds, the fish was in two pieces, ready for examination. My four year old self had the usual curiosity of a child; I was wondering about the different structures in the little fish's body. I was in awe at the fish's thick, bright red muscles that allowed it to glide in the water. I didn't know then that the sticky, long tube was the esophagus, or if that funny looking kidney bean was a major organ essential for life. One thing I did know, however, was that the experience would be the first of many which fueled my curiousity and desire to learn.

My sister is still shocked by that incident many years ago, but she knows I only did it to expand my knowledge by taking that poor fish apart. That fish incident is one of many events that influenced me to go into medicine. My path is a life-long one that dates back around 10 years. I can clearly remember flipping through my aunt's anatomy textbooks when she came home every night from college, thinking they were some sort of picture books with aliens. Some had funny names- "Metacarpals" and "Diaphragm" are a few that come to my mind. I had never seen anything like them, so my natural reaction was to ask my aunt what I was looking at. She went on to explain that those "aliens" were actually the different parts of the human body. I was really fascinated by my aunt's story. From then on, I spent many of my days taking up an interest in science and the human body, which led me to medicine. After completing my own research, I told my aunt that I wanted to become a doctor. She giggled because she thought I wanted to play doctor; it was my favorite game when I was little. My aunt then realized I was serious. I remember her telling me that if was really tough and involved years of school, but the rewards were great. She said she was really proud of me and told me to always study. Even today I still remember and follow her encouraging words. I always try my hardest at everything even when I dislike a subject. I love to learn because education really does open up my heart and my mind- I believe that when you close your mind, you close your heart.

One thing that I do need to mention about myself is that I play the violin. I've been playing for six years this upcoming January. I really do enjoy playing my violin even though I feel I'm not the best musician in my orchestra, but being a part of my high school orchestra really did help me decide to study medicine. Music and medicine seem so completely different in every way, but after playing my violin for over six years I've realized they are so much alike. Medicine really is an art- the art of healing, and like music, must be perfected to have a lasting effect on people. This quality has always attracted me to medicine. Medical education never really ends, so there will always be a new development or technology that will improve the patient's lives for the better. Medicine reminds me of a flowing river that constantly moves, unlike a frozen one. It is never a boring experience that reminds me of learning a new piece of music for a competition. It really makes me happy when I learn something new, regardless of what the fact is. Continuing my education would continue my joy, and I can't think of any other profession that allows for lifelong learning.

When I first found out about University of Miami's Dual-Degree Program for Medicine, I was surprised because I'd never heard of combined degree programs before. After some lengthy research on the subject, I felt as if the program was a ideal fit for me. I've constantly been involved in many activities, especially music. UMiami's Dual Degree Program in Medicine can give me the extra time and opportunity to pursue extra interests in college, such as exploring other majors, doing research, or playing the violin in the University's orchestra. These extracurricular activities are very important to me because they are instrumental in developing my character and personality as a whole, along with helping me apply to medical school. Also, I feel that the program can give me the flexibility and extra time I need to fulfill my academic desires, especially with study abroad programs. Besides extra opportunities, I feel that the Dual Degree Honors program is a right fit because of the diverse patient care experiences I can receive during medical school. The Jackson Memorial Hospital system is one of the largest in the United States, and patients from all backgrounds come to the hospital for medical treatment. I can clearly imagine myself doing clinical rotations at the facility during my time in medical school.

I always think about that little guppy I cut open when I was young. My sister and my friends will remember my mini dissection for its shock value, but I will remember it for the tremendous amount of determination I obtained from the incident. My path to medicine was a long one, which led me to discover University of Miami's Dual Degree Honors Program in Medicine. I'll never forget my experiences, research, and extracurricular activities that guided me along with my decision to study medicine.




Patient Care Experience


When I was little, my mother would take me to work at the hospital sometimes, where she worked as a nurse. I can still remember watching my mother do her job as a nurse, treating sick patients and helping them feel better. Years later, I would be doing the same thing, but as a teen volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital. My patient care experience exposed me to a clinical setting and allowed me to fully discover what it was like working at a hospital. Most importantly, it strengthened my desire to study medicine.

My first day on the Cardiac Admissions and Recovery floor was on June 2007. The charge nurse assigned me to do the usual paperwork volunteers do. Most of it involved putting together patient charts and sending out thank you cards to former patients. As time went on, I was exposed to a more clinical setting. Most of the patients that came out of surgery were hungry and thirsty, so I would go down to the cafeteria every afternoon and bring them food and water. Many of my days on the floor was spent talking to the patients. A majority of the patients were nervous about their upcoming surgery, and I would either hand them brochures on their procedure or simply sit by them and start a conversation. One day I even played a game of sudoku with a man waiting for surgery! Sometimes a cardiologist or cardiothoracic surgeon would come and check up on a few patients before and after their surgery, and I would always be watching their interactions with the patients because I was so curious as to what they did.

Working with real patients in a clinical setting was definitely an unforgettable experience. I learned so much and had a great time doing so, but I won't ever forget the effect it had on my decision to go into medicine. Being in contact with so many of those patients really opened my eyes to the importance of providing and most importantly practicing compassion. I had no role in treating the patients I had contact with, but even the smallest things I did for them, such as striking up a conversation, really helped them feel comfortable. It was a great feeling interacting with them, especially during their toughest times. Everyone deserves care and comfort. I want to be able to provide that to all people regardless of anything. That is the number one thing my patient care experience has taught me. As a doctor, I would be able to provide health care to anyone that would need it- a useful necessity.


Feel free to give some suggestions; these essays are incomplete.

Yay For Labor Day!
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I'm really glad I have no school tomorrow because I really need to catch up on college applications! Most of them are due by November 1, though. The hardest part is writing the essays; I was relieved that the USF one required no essay. However, University of Miami's 7 year MD program required three! :( It was mostly on patient care experiences and why medicine. I'm eagerly awaiting November 1 to pass! I'll finally be able to chill and maybe even have time to play some video games/party!! :D

-Sara <3

The King of my Heart...
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I realize that I haven't posted in a while, and I really should have. Michael Jackson died a little less than a month ago, and it's affected me more than I ever thought. Somedays i'll accept the fact that he's gone, and somedays I am in complete and utter denial. Despite this, somewhere in my heart I feel relieved that Michael is at peace. He is free from all the hate, greed, and envy that caused him great pain. Fifty years ago, an angel came to the earth full of amazing talents, and the world was never the same. He gave the gift of love and compassion through his art, always trying to heal the world. What did he get in return? The wrath of greedy, hateful people that tore his beautiful wings out one by one. On June 25th, 2009, Michael Jackson finally got those wings back. I want to believe with all my heart that he is dancing his dreams up in the clouds or even forming some sort of concert with Elvis, James Brown, and all the great legends before him. I'm devastated because of the fact that I will never get to see him perform, meet him, or even get an autograph. At the same time I feel so grateful for the memories and joy he gave to me and millions of people. The first music I ever heard was Michael's. I will never forget that, and as I write this, I know that I will never say goodbye to him. However, I will say thanks. Thank you Michael, for giving me hope. Thank you for showing me that life goes on after death. Thank you for showing me that hard work leads to success. Thank you for helping me appreciate music. Thank you, Michael, for showing me the importance of compassion in this world. Through your music and love you have finally achieved your wish of living forever. I love you, Michael. Always and forever! :)



I will always remember Michael like this- at his peak, full of energy and star power. This is the MJ I know.


Research Paper
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Despite being one of American literature's most beloved novels, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has recently been the focus of controversy. The novel has been accused of being racist against African Americans, but it is exactly the opposite. Although The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains numerous racial slurs and stereotypes, Mark Twain intended for them to illustrate the book's anti-racist theme.

    Twain's use of racial slang was common and used widely during the time of its publication. When journalist Nat Hentloff interviewed African American eighth-grader reading Huck Finn in class, they said,  Sure, the book is full of the word 'Nigger.' That's how those bigots talked back then" (Expelling 1). Many critics have accused the book of being racist because it was written well after the Civil War, when the use of such deragatory slurs would have been looked down upon. They accuse the author of of "perpetuating" racial tensions between whites and blacks. This is not true- Twain simply exposes ignorance and contradictory views held by Southern families (Adventures 1). Huck's family is one of those families, and even though Huck is brought up with racist views, he struggles to find out what he was brought up with is right (Adventures 2). Another reason for the use of racist words is to satirize the American South. Huck's father is the character in the novel that is primarily responsible for using racial slurs. He is cruel, uncaring, and abusive to Huck. He even believes himself superior to an intelligent African American man during election day. This fact is ironic, considering the fact that Huck's father is "morally, financially, socially, and intellectually inferior" to the man (Racism 2). Another example is Aunt Sally's attempt to "sivilize" Huck. Huck strongly dislikes this, planning to run away again. A "sivilized" person back then would mean someone that owned or mistreated slaves. When Huck expresses his hatred of this, it symbolizes his newfound attitude against slavery (Racism 5).

    
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written in hope that it would change the ideals of racism in the Southern United States. Mark Twain wanted to show his audience that society and its beliefs cause racism, not its people. Twain uses Huck as an example. Huck lives mostly in the companionship of his father, who is an extreme, hardline racist. Huck has probably not even experienced another side of the hatred. He was raised in an environment which fostered it, so what Huck says and does is not out of hate, but because he's been raised in his home and society (Racism 2). He obviously feels that society's animosity is immoral and wrong, especially when he fights against the fact that reporting Jim to his master will send him to hell. In the end, Huck's character triumphs and he rejects society's beliefs and he decides not to report Jim (Controversy 1). In addition to using Huck to emphazise society's faults, Twain uses his companion, Jim. Russell Baker says that all the people Huck and Jim encounter on the Mississippi "are drunkards, murderers, bullies, swindlers, lynchers, thieves, liars, frauds, child abusers, numskulls, hypocrites, windbags and traders in human flesh. All are white. The one man of honor in this phantasmagoria is 'Nigger Jim,' as Twain called him to emphasize the irony of a society in which the only true gentleman was held beneath contempt" (Expelling 1). This proves that Jim, a slave, is portrayed as someone who is a far better human being than most of the whites in the novel. Twain uses this fact to cause the reader to sympathize with Jim, because he is shown to have a conscience just like the rest of us (Huckleberry 1).

    In recent years, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has come under heavy criticism, accused if being "racist". However, judging from the way Mark Twain intended those racist slurs, the novel is anything but that. Huck Finn is anything but racist, instead attacking it and highlighting its absurdity. The novel will always remain a literary classic because of this.

MJ College Essay
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True Life: I'm a Michael Jackson Fan

Countless numbers of people scream their lungs out. Teenage girls faint by the hundreds. Many cry tears of euphoria as euphonious vocals spread throughout the stadium... The scene I've just described might seem like an apocalyptic nightmare, but it's only a concert at one of Michael Jackson's numerous world tours, during his glory days. Of course, I've never been to one (I'm mad at myself because I wasn't born earlier) but I will, someday. Michael Jackson is my favorite musician and a major inspiration. You might be thinking, "Why Michael Jackson?!", "Shouldn't she be writing about her mother?", or my favorite, "But he's a freak!" And while I do acknowledge the fact that Michael isn't the most normal human being out there, these oddities are not the reason for my fascination. It is his sheer dedication, hard work, and raw talent that has glued my eyes on him from day one. Michael Jackson has not only had an impact on me as a musician- but as a person, too.

It was just a few years ago that I got into the whole Michael Jackson thing. I was randomly browsing through channels on my television and I came upon one of his music videos- "Beat It". I hadn't paid much attention to his music before then, but when I saw his fancy feet dance to the music, I was mesmerized. I couldn't stop thinking about how he had carefully executed those complicated moves. I kept thinking to myself that it was some sort of magic or some sort of trickery fooling my eyes. But now, I realize that it wasn't magic. It was simply the drive to be the very best. This revelation gave to me the motivation I needed; I'm not exactly the best vocalist (my sister tells me I'm tone deaf), but I did play an instrument. I didn't really care much for my violin; it was gathering dust underneath my bed, long forgotten. But I couldn't resist the urge to pick it up and make beautiful music after I saw Michael doing the same. If he could spend hours working hard
 

-This is an unfinished rough draft of my college application essay. I posted it to LJ just in case my computer died or something.






Long Time No See....
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I realized I haven't even posted since July. Yikes. Anyways, all I've been doing lately is studying my butt off. I finally got my Microeconomics class over with (with an A, I can't believe I did it), but I'm also taking Physics, AP Literature, and Algebra I online. Come to think of it, I can graduate early and get the hell out of my dumb school. Ugh. I was never a fan of public school, and one of my biggest regrets in life is turning down my Mom's offer of going to an IB school. Come to think of it, the whole public school system in Florida is so flawed. We spend so much time preparing for FCAT instead of SAT. WTF? Colleges don't care a rat's ass about FCAT scores. They don't even see the scores. One of the many reasons why I'm choosing to go to a private university (University of Miami) instead of a huge ass public one (University of Florida).

Speaking of University of Miami, they have a awesome program where high school seniors can get an Bachelor's Degree and a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) in 6 to 8 years. When my mother told me about it I was hell yes I'll apply! I want nothing more than to become a doctor, and I love the fact that acceptance into the program is a guaranteed acceptance into UM's medical school. And the fact that the school of medicine is 10 minutes away from Miami Beach!!! I get chills down my spine thinking about it.

Well here's my first post of the new year. I'll try to post more. Sorry about my rant. XD


A Little More About Myself....
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Ok, let's get started! First off, I'm a girl. Haha. I like to laugh at random times and my sister tells me that I'm really awkward. I play violin in my school's orchestra; I'm the section leader. I love playing video games, so it's natural that I'm a Nintendo fan. When it's not raining, I go outside, ride my bike, run, and chase squirrels. During the day I sit at my computer and take Microeconomics. It isn't particulary pleasant, but I'm getting the hang of it. I'm more of a science person, I like Biochemistry. Yes, it sounds nerdy, but I assure you, I'm a cool nerd. Ha.

I also run on the Track team at school. I did the 100m dash but now I want to do the 800m run. This year I plan on running cross country. 3.1 miles sounds like the road to hell! XD

In the future, I want to go to med school and become a doctor, either a cardiologist or endocrinologist. Cardiologists treat heart problems and endocrinologists treat problems with hormones, such as diabetes.

My favorite movie is An American Werewolf in London. I can't believe John Landis wrote the script when he was a teenager. Horror and comedy never looked so good! I love the makeup effects too, they make me want to abandon my doctor dreams and put makeup on people. Just kidding.... but still.

ER is my favorite TV show. I loved the old seasons, especially seasons 6,7, and 8. I started watching the 12th season and I liked it a little bit better, partly due to Luka and Abby, they're so cute together! It's really sad now that's it's going into the last season, but ER was great. I also watch Supernatural, Nip/Tuck, House, and Saturday Night Live.

My favorite singer is Michael Jackson. He's an amazing musician and that's all that matters. The music and the man are two different things. My friends all laugh at me but I don't care; I pity them for missing out on great music. Music today, in my opinion, is commercial and fake. I'm really glad I listen to Michael's music. His songs are about things that matter, such as tolerance, racial equality, enviormentalism, etc. I really wish I could go back to the 80s to relive Michaelmania, but until then, Youtube vids will have to do. Maybe I'll major in physics and build a time machine. Who knows....

And that's it! More posts later. :) Ok, let's get started! First off, I'm a girl. Haha. I like to laugh at random times and my sister tells me that I'm really awkward. I play violin in my school's orchestra; I'm the section leader. I love playing video games, so it's natural that I'm a Nintendo fan. When it's not raining, I go outside, ride my bike, run, and chase squirrels. During the day I sit at my computer and take Microeconomics. It isn't particulary pleasant, but I'm getting the hang of it. I'm more of a science person, I like Biochemistry. Yes, it sounds nerdy, but I assure you, I'm a cool nerd. Ha.

I also run on the Track team at school. I did the 100m dash but now I want to do the 800m run. This year I plan on running cross country. 3.1 miles sounds like the road to hell! XD

In the future, I want to go to med school and become a doctor, either a cardiologist or endocrinologist. Cardiologists treat heart problems and endocrinologists treat problems with hormones, such as diabetes.

My favorite movie is An American Werewolf in London. I can't believe John Landis wrote the script when he was a teenager. Horror and comedy never looked so good! I love the makeup effects too, they make me want to abandon my doctor dreams and put makeup on people. Just kidding.... but still.

ER is my favorite TV show. I loved the old seasons, especially seasons 6,7, and 8. I started watching the 12th season and I liked it a little bit better, partly due to Luka and Abby, they're so cute together! It's really sad now that's it's going into the last season, but ER was great. I also watch Supernatural, Nip/Tuck, House, and Saturday Night Live.

My favorite singer is Michael Jackson. He's an amazing musician and that's all that matters. The music and the man are two different things. My friends all laugh at me but I don't care; I pity them for missing out on great music. Music today, in my opinion, is commercial and fake. I'm really glad I listen to Michael's music. His songs are about things that matter, such as tolerance, racial equality, enviormentalism, etc. I really wish I could go back to the 80s to relive Michaelmania, but until then, Youtube vids will have to do. Maybe I'll major in physics and build a time machine. Who knows....

And that's it! More posts later. :) 

Yikes
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Wow, a post. XD I got caught up in loads of work for the past couple of months! I'll update more since I'm taking AP English Language soon. I'm going to get all the help I can get! See ya soon!

First Post!
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I just got an account yesterday! I'll try to post some more since winter break is coming up. My sister's LJ screen name is phookie. Check it out! She made me get a Livejournal.  I'll post as soon as I get my exams done with.

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