This I Believe

Katherine - Indianola, Iowa
Entered on September 12, 2006

It is difficult for me to narrow down my beliefs into an essay of no more than five hundred words, but, since that is the task at hand, I will throw myself whole-heartedly into it. I believe that my life boils down to: I am here to make the lives of those around me better. If I have the chance to brighten someone’s day, I do it, and my day is better because of it. My faith doesn’t have to play any part in that scenario either. I find joy and contentment in bringing others joy and peace. I believe that my purpose is to help others; to do so I have been given gifts which allow me to share my talents with others in a way that is beneficial to them. I believe it is my prerogative to do what will make me happy in life. However, I also believe that I walk a fine line between doing what will make me happy and not doing what will hurt others. I am a tutor and a volunteer, and it takes time away from my studies. I have struggled with the choice of quitting tutoring and volunteering so that my grades will be better due to the extra time I would have to study. I know that getting good grades satisfies me, but I believe that there is more to life than instant gratification. I believe that I am making my life more meaningful day by day due to the effect I have on others.

I want to be a doctor because I believe that I can make a difference in this world. I will do all that I can to make the lives of those I come into contact with better. My grandmother died of cancer when I was twelve years old, and I know that families need the support of one another in times like those. However, I also know that my dad really appreciated how much my grandma’s oncologist cared about her. I saw how that doctor affected my family, and I believe I have the power to have that effect on others as well. I realize that it will be difficult to deal with all the sickness and dying that comes with being a doctor, but I believe, like this essay, that it is the task at hand, and I will throw myself whole-heartedly into it.