Hi. My name is Anne Devlin. I am a 16 year old student athlete (Lacrosse & Ultimate Frisbee) who plays the flute in our school band with a 3.87 GPA (on 4.0 scale). I spend my spare time with my family (my brother, mom and dog), curating clothing outfits on Polyvore (My accout) and volunteering in our community by feeding the homeless and distributing food to needy families. My favorite subject in school is Science. I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting opportunities. Last Fall I decided to apply to college early, and I got accepted. After acceptance, I visited the school, met with the teachers and during my visit I realized that I was completely ready for college. I was inspired to go to college early through attending college fairs, college visits, and listening to highly educated and engaging speakers. I realized that there was no reason to wait to receive a higher education if I was ready. It was a really good decision since I want to go into the medical field as a Cardiologist which requires years of education and experience, so why not get an early start.
I want to take this next big step and I feel prepared and now only one thing is stopping me - the cost. The cost of the tuition alone is an overbearing cost, along with the room and board, and other fist year fees. I was able to receive a substantial amount of scholarships and grants from the college which eliminated more than half of the total costs. My brother (who is a Senior) and I plan on both entering our first year of college this Fall. We are both relying only on my single Mom and my grandparents. My grandparents and my Mom do not have enough money to make up the financial gap; and work study will only make a small dent in the costs. My mom has worked hard to raise my brother and I and I have worked very hard in and out of school.
My dreams to pursue with this education:
- I first became interested in the medical field when I was learning about human anatomy in my Forensic Science class. Learning all the vocabulary terms to describe the parts of your body was very interesting to me. After we went to a cadaver lab, I was very fascinated by the human body. It was at that time, that I decided that I wanted to be a doctor. Later in that unit, we started learning about different diseases and conditions of the human heart. It seemed so simple, yet it was so complex. I was impressed by what the human heart could do, so that's when I decided that I wanted to be a cardiologist.
- To accomplish this goal I need to obtain an undergraduates degree, take the Medical college admissions test, go to medical school, do a residency, and get a license before I'm a practicing doctor. This is a long road that probably has more to it, but I'm looking forward to it. All the subjects such as human anatomy, chemistry, and biology are topics that I like, and those are the courses that are requisites for a pre-med degree, so I think I’m going to have a lot of fun. I have other things that I want to do besides work towards my career, such as to complete another internship, volunteer and study abroad. I've never been abroad so I'd like to volunteer there to be able to see how it would be different from volunteering in America. Once I am attending the college, I would like to create more of a variety of clubs/sports there by starting a lacrosse team as well as a cooking club.
Thank you for believing in me and helping me pursue my dreams and to make a difference in the lives of others,