How growing up in a third world country led to my passion in public health
1. begin with an Anecdote/Personal Story?: I was born and raised in a third world country in the Caribbean. Everyday, I saw poor health and sanitation standards that affected not only myself and the people around me (in the foods we eat, the water we drink, the air, etc), but especially my nanny. She does not make much money and her family lives in a ghetto essentially. They would live in fear of becoming sick, which occurred quite frequently (bad water, dengue, spoiled food, etc), because they would not have money to go to the doctor. This breaks my heart. Perhaps you can develop a compelling story/a better way to explain my thoughts on this.
2. How this developed my passion and led me to major in MCB, etc.: I went to college at a very prestigious and diverse university. I majored in Biology so that I could better understand the things that afflict poor families like my nannys. While in college, I realized that such poor health standards is very common around the world; this is definitely not how things should be. I have a passion to make basic things in America (since the United States has a much better public health standard than the rest of the world) common to the entire world. I majored in Biology so that I could better understand the things that afflict poor families like my nannys.
3. How this passion led me to find a job doing research at my university (eg, i researched in toxicology and pesticides to understand how pesticides affect crops and thus how this affects humans) and to work at a pharmaceutical industry (to help discover drugs that can help people). I have learned that I have a lot more to learn about public health and the best way to do this is through higher education. This is what has made you more sure that you want to get a masters.
THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!
Ps. This is what I have written so far: maybe you can use portions of it.
Having been born and raised in a third world country, everyday of my childhood years was an experience of poor public health standards. It should be remembered that what is considered poor in the US is nothing like bad in the Caribbean. The Caribbean ghettos make the US projects look heavenly. Having witnessed a number of our neighbors and even a close relative go down with illness associated with poor sanitation, I developed a passion for public health and it has since been my dream career. My passion grew with time and I opted to take on Molecular and Cell biology at the university level so that I could create a better understanding of the nature of illness that face people living in dilapidated conditions. I consider the development of an understanding of mechanisms involved in illness at the cell level is core to the development and implementation of high level strategies like formulation of public health policies.”