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Pounding rushing footsteps started to close in on me The roar of the crowd echoed as I extended my hand to receive the baton that signaled my turn to run As I tightly wrapped my fingers around it I felt the wind rush around me and my tired legs started to carry me faster than I ever dreamed possible As I rounded the final stretch of track I remember battling fatigue by contemplating two paths slow down and give up my chance of winning to gain momentary comfort or push myself even harder and give up momentary comfort to receive greater rewards later I chose the second path and later held a trophy that represented my perseverance and hard work The years of running consistently choosing the second path have taught me discipline and perseverance These qualities will help me cross a different finish line and achieve a new goal becoming a doctor I have had to learn to budget my time to meet the demands of school training programs and volunteer activities Although I trained and ran at least thirty miles a week throughout college I also served as a big sister to Kelly an abused child and worked in a hospital trauma unit and as a medical assistant in an OBGYN clinic My most satisfying volunteer activity however was participating in mission work in Mexico City In Mexico City I continually saw young children whose suffering was overwhelming These children had never received vaccinations were lice-infested and suffered from malnutrition They also frequently had infections that antibiotics can easily treat but due to poverty were left untreated For a week our team worked feverishly to see as many children as possible and treat them to the best of our abilities I will never forget the feeling of complete fulfillment after a long day of using my talents for the betterment of others The desire to replicate this feeling strengthens
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