Before I was born, my family escaped to the United States following the Vietnam War, spending four days hunched in the cabin of a wooden boat. At the refugee camp in Malaysia, my family waited four months for an interview with the American embassy. When they were asked, "Do you have any family in the United States?" they each responded, "No, but I want to be free." Thirty-five years later, my father still earns minimum wage and struggles with unemployment, and my family lives in public housing. However, my father has always made sure that my brother and I never felt as though we were financially different from others, or that we were limited in what we could achieve to be successful and happy. Neither of my parents attended high school, yet they have provided me with everything I needed to succeed, inspiring me to work hard, be independent, appreciate what life has to offer, and have a role in shaping the futures of others.
Today I wish to become a pharmacist to educate people about the harms and benefits of possible solutions to their problems, a role model for those who are disadvantaged to show them that being from a low-income family does not limit what they can pursue, and a daughter who can make her family proud of what she has accomplished to make their journey to the United States worth the trouble and sacrifice.
As a pharmacist, I would want to communicate with members of my community about methods to improve their health and give them the best advice I can to fix any problems they have. Deaths caused by prescription drug abuse have increased by over 300 percent over the last decade and more people abuse prescription drugs than those who abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and ecstasy combined. Prescription drug abuse is a crucial issue in the United States that is not commonly addressed, and I am currently working on a research project detailing the different roles that patients and doctors have in regard to this issue and the controversial lawsuits that stem from their contributions. I will be giving a presentation to my community about whether or not doctors should be held liable for the drugs that they prescribe to bring awareness to the problem.
The majority of people in my community are a part of the lower class and live in poverty. I live around fast food chains and liquor stores and hear stories about my neighbors' houses getting robbed. My community is extremely isolated and receives minimal support. As a world, people too often cater toward competition instead of what actually matters, which is working with and learning from others. People often forget the purpose of life. Investing in other people and being eager to see them succeed are examples of the most significant trait necessary to advance humankind: selflessness. Facing my life, education, and interactions with a greater confidence and purpose will help me become a "Watcher of the Sky."