I learned what hard work was on my grandfather's farm in the small town of Lawton, located in southwest Michigan. Growing up, my parents instilled the value of hard work, education, and giving back within me and taught me that nothing will be handed to me, I have to earn and work for what I want. In high school, I was the President of my class, an honor student and was involved with extra-curricular activities and volunteer work. My senior year I was involved in an Early College Program that allowed me to take college courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College; there I gained credit hours that transferred over to Western Michigan University after I graduated. I am majoring in Biomedical Science with the track of premed, and a minor in Spanish, to pursue a career as a doctor. I have three statements that I choose to live by and that are my goals: Make all you can, save all you can, and give all you can. I am currently working with my aunt and the organization Grand Rapids Community Foundation. I am helping the organization look for ways to raise money to fund scholarships and create new scholarships to those who work hard, need assistance with following their dream, and providing an opportunity that was not available to them before. I have a passion for helping people and lending a hand to those in need; however, I have come to find out that I cannot reach my goals without a helping hand. My family suffered and continues to suffer financially and growing up I did not have a lot; but, it did teach me to appreciate the finer things and although our riches aren't in money or luxuries but in valuable lessons and the value of family. I plan to help and take care of my family as much as I can while reaching my goals. There is always room for improvement and once one goal is met, another is waiting to be reached.