Senior, Peer Mentor
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi
This profound statement has not only shaped my work ethic, but also resonates with my journey as a student who comes from a background of limited access to higher education. While my parents had unconventional childhoods, with education rendered a luxury that was not pursued by all, they never stopped encouraging me to reach for the stars and pursue my academic passions. They, like Vince Lombardi, were well aware that perfection is something that can never truly be attained. But, they also knew that without “dreaming big” and removing the self-imposed obstacles to success created by doubt, one could never “catch excellence.”
It wasn’t until my first year in college that I realized this. Without severing myself from the future I thought was prescribed to me as the son, nephew, or grandson of individuals who did not acquire a college degree, I would not have been able to achieve my greatest accomplishments as both an undergraduate student and member of society. Furthermore, I would not have pushed myself to pursue my dream of going to medical school and becoming a physician who will leave an impact on the field of medicine. So, while perfection may not be attainable, this does not stop me from reaching for it; I do and will continue to aspire to be the perfect son, student, scientist, friend, and member of the community, irrespective of my family’s past, because with that ambition I can surely accomplish something excellent.