One last week, two more in this: the doddering oldies, pushing off. How often they die in the approach to winter. Ich habe genug , as the Bach cantata says: an expression that may be taken wryly. Both my parents left, about this time of year. The youngest of that generation, ahead of mine, are now passing ninety. Few will last another decade. In my childhood veterans of the Great War were common enough; some had yet to retire. Then suddenly there were none; none at all. And so now with the graduates of the Second Great War, with their lovers and companions, gone where?
Over the past year, I have made a turnaround in my life. Uncertainty concerning my future after college contributed to a steady academic decline freshman through sophomore years at UCLA. But after a trip to Colombia to learn about my heritage and speak with relatives in medicine, it all turned around. It became clear to me that microbiology research was my calling. Since then, I have maintained high scores and committed to a research lab. I am set on majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and minoring in Spanish. My career goal is to attain a . in Microbiology or Virology. A challenge to these goals is paying for education. My parents and I have buried ourselves in bank and school loans that will keep us burdened well into the future. The Courage to Grow Scholarship would relieve some of this weight. I have committed to my community through several projects. I was involved in the club Invisible Children, which sought to raise awareness and fundraise to provide schools for children in war-torn Northern Uganda. I felt the need to give the children of Northern Uganda a stronger voice in America. I left this project to focus on improving my grades during sophomore year. Now that my life has stabilized, I will be joining a new project focused on tutoring children of inner Los Angeles schools. I believe that I should be awarded due to my academic improvement, clarity in academic goals, and commitment to my community.