2018 Bank at Work Scholarship Winner


Vi T.

As I apply to college, on my quest for a brighter future, I would be remiss to not recollect and shine a light on my Vietnamese background. My father migrated to America in search of a better life in the “Land of Opportunity.” Today, my father is a well-respected engineer, but his real passion lies in the medical field. In a way, his dream of pursuing a medical career lives through me. The idea of becoming a doctor has resonated with me from a very young age. I never feared the doctor’s office, in fact, every year I was excited to see how much I grew or what sticker I would get. Now that I look back on those checkups, I realized that they served as foreplay for what really solidified my decision to become a pediatrician. Now that I am older, I have a better understanding of current issues present in South Carolina, including the lack of healthcare professionals and services. According to a recent statistic conducted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there are many Health Professional Shortage Areas due to factors like geographic and low income. As the number of people who are denied of healthcare services increases simply because of these inconveniences, my attachment to this subject grows stronger. When medical attention is not available, it becomes a matter of basic human rights. My duties as a South Carolinian are amplified, and I plan to take steps in alleviating the problem. My voice would hold strong for platforms and proposals to expand healthcare statewide with an emphasis on high-risk areas. These efforts would include: integrating programs that would raise health awareness and encourage medically trained workers and companies to broaden their establishments geographically. However, I must first complete my collegiate career. As an aspiring pediatrician, I would further my education at a four-year university majoring in Biology on a Pre-med track. By going to college, I am given the opportunity to chase my dreams and most importantly help “better our state and enrich the lives of my fellow South Carolinians.” Through my course of study, I plan to improve my scientific skills through extensive analysis of the human anatomy, psychology, chemistry, and biology. Along with these academic gains, I plan to focus on my communication skills with my peers. By effectively communicating with my peers, I can develop teamwork and listening skills. In addition, I plan to join health-related organizations and take on leadership roles. I believe I was born to be a doctor and that is exactly what I intend to do. My passion for helping others defines my responsibilities as a South Carolinian. I hope to one day, combat these healthcare obstacles by utilizing the skills and knowledge I’ve gained through a quality education. As I go forth with the heart of helping others I hope my contributions will leave a lasting imprint on South Carolinians.