In her own words

Albania Andrade

Education has always been an important aspect of my life. From a young age, I always knew that my goal was to be able to go to college and be the first person in my family to receive a college degree. My parents, being immigrants, make me want to work ten times harder to be able to give them everything they deserve. They have sacrificed so much for my brother and me that I will be eternally grateful. Now that I am working towards my bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish, I plan to move forward with an acceptance into medical school. My dream is to become a physician, preferably specializing as either a pediatrician or dermatologist, and work to improve health equity to minimize the health disparities between race, ethnicity, gender, and so on. I want to give back to my community and help as many people as I can, especially minorities who lack the resources necessary to reach their dreams. I want to be an inspiration to other Latinos, that no matter where you come from or how you were raised you can become anything in life. I want to use everything at my disposal to guide and allow students to realize their potential. They need to know that no dream is impossible to reach and that there will be mentors and people who will support them throughout their journey. The first step in fulfilling this aspiration of mine is by attending college, as furthering my education is how I will be able to reach my grand plan for life.

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