2018 Bank at Work Scholarship Winner

Essay

Caroline J.

I am a junior at a liberal arts university in the upstate, where I major in Health Sciences with a minor in Spanish. Health Sciences is a very interesting major in which we study both the social and medical side of health in classes such as Public Health, Global Health, Biomedical Ethics, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology, etc. Through this program, along with Spanish classes that I am taking, I am hoping to acquire the skills necessary to become a medical interpreter. I have a passion for helping people, and I am excited to see how I can use my degree to help people in a medical setting. This semester, through an opportunity provided by my school, I am volunteering as a medical interpreter at the Taylors Free Medical Clinic and as a Spanish-speaking screener at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. I am thrilled to have these opportunities to get some hands-on practice with medical interpretation, and in doing so, to better prepare myself for my future career. Upon graduation I am very interested in working in the hospital system or a clinic here in South Carolina. I would especially like to help the Spanish-speaking members of our community, many of whom are indigent, to receive the medical care that they so desperately need. I have also been in contact with a local orthopedic surgeon to arrange shadowing him in order to get some experience in the hospital setting, and potentially practice my Spanish there as well. Furthermore, I have played on the intercollegiate women’s soccer team at my school all throughout my college career. Once I am out of school, I would love to use soccer as a means to be involved in community sports. I do not know what this will look like yet, whether it be helping coach a recreational league, initiating pickup games, or some other form of involvement, but I do know that I want to use my passion for the game and the skills I have learned for the good of others. Soccer always has a way of bringing people together, and it is a fun and worthwhile way to keep people, especially children, positively occupied. In conclusion, I feel that my course of studies, in combination with my other interests, experience, and training, will allow me to make a beneficial impact in people’s lives.