The Ultimate Education
an undergraduate premed at USC.
ften times I ask myself if the education that I have received
was ever worthwhile. I have always received a public-school
education. As a matter of fact, I went to a junior high school
and high school (Foshay Learning Center) which was close to the
university I am currently attending: the University of Southern
California (USC). Growing up, the University of Southern California
seemed like an impossible dream. The education I received was
insufficient to prepare me for the standardized tests given to high
school students across the nation. Preparation for higher education
is deficient; mandatory information about college is not given to
students. However, receiving an inferior education from a public
school strengthened my character and enhanced my perseverance to do
great things. My passion and determination brought me to the
realization that I can accomplish anything. I was fortunate to grow
up in an environment where education was upheld a great value.
I understood that the only key to success was to go through the
narrow gate that people rarely are willing to enter because they do
not take advantage of its offer. Attending the University of
Southern California gave me the opportunity to mentor under privileged
students about education through an on-campus program called the
Joint Educational Program (JEP). I believe education is interlinked
with educating others, not solely on subjects such as science, math,
or English, but by passing on the information of the prominence of
education. I feel compelled to pass down the torch to the unfortunate
who do not comprehend the ability that one will gain after receiving
The atmosphere of my university is not at all the way I expected it
to be while I was in high school. At USC, the education is fantastic!
I have never learned so many things in such a short period of time.
I probably learned more things in one semester than most of my years
in high school. I am in the pre-medical field. The classes that the
university is making me take are overwhelming. I had doubts of my
capability to continue with the field, but when I compare myself with
my classmates I feel that I study more than they do, and am retaining
a lot more information than they are, because they have already learned
the material and do not want to go in depth with the subject, whereas
I am learning the material for the first time. The difficult stumbling
block that I conquered was time management. School takes up your time.
One tends to forget that other activities must be in their lives so that
their knowledge can be broadened. One should experience different
settings besides the classroom because it is eminently favored for
future occupations. My personal experiences with extra curricular
activities at USC are endless.
The most phenomenal activity that I will continuously participate in
involves the education system through Joint Educational Program. In
the Joint Educational Program, I have the opportunity to mentor
disadvantaged children in any grade level. I did not hear about this
great program until my second semester of my freshman year. Actually,
I probably would not have ever heard of it if I did not decide to take
Sociology 150. In my sociology class, participating in the JEP activity
was mandatory for credit. After my first day with JEP I knew that I
would spend the rest of my college career part taking in this
community-based service. As I said earlier, education has many forms
and one of them is to pass information to other students about education
itself. To have the power to be the guest in an environment where other
students look up to you and yearn to hear information about higher
education is breath taking.
I was excited about joining the JEP because the school that I
volunteered to was my former high school, Foshay Learning Center.
I became a mentor to students that were in the same position I was in
a year ago. The students were very attentive. Their ears yearned for
the vital information that I proceeded to tell them. I served them
hard cold facts that stunned nearly half of the class. What helped me
the most was attending to that high school and being aware of other
students (from USC) who were fortunate to receive a private education.
My sociological claims from my class were awesome. I tied in what I was
learning in class with real life situations that my mentees were in to
help them understand the great dangers that they will face if they do
not decide to pursue a higher education. My supervisor, who was also
the students' math teacher, loved my enthusiasm and honesty with the
statistics. Passing the torch to students gives me a sense of closure
of doing benevolent deed.
Most of the students asked me about my experiences at USC. I told them
the truth. I gave them a taste of reality. I informed them about changes
that surpassed my college career and how fast I grew to become an
independent adult. I told them about my experiences with Chemistry and
Biology. The combination of those two classes were strenuous because
we examined cells to genes, performed experiments such as Drosophila,
sponification, chemical kinetics, and electrochemical cell labs. In
these experiments we did procedures such as dissections, chromatography,
electrolysis, electrophoresis, staining cells, and centrifuging proteins.
In all, I enjoyed the labs because they interrelated the information from
the lectures to real life situations. The changes that I experienced
reinforced my desire to pursue humanitarian goals. The students were
astounded by the workload but felt alleviated that they found out about
it before it was too late.
Motivation. The majority of the students at USC have been raised in an
environment where higher education has been drilled in their heads.
Their families already set up payment plans so that their children are
definitely receiving a higher education. However, students around the
USC community have been raised in just the opposite light. Parents want
their children to receive a high school diploma then work and help support
the family. Higher education is foreign to the students in South Central
Los Angeles; I witnessed the horrors. If it were not for my mother, then
I probably would have been flipping proteins rather than learning about
them. Giving motivation and inspiration to the students at my JEP site
Attending USC redefined my future goal. My high school environment caused
my peers to internalize feelings of being a failure. However, my inner
strength allowed me to beat the odds. This strength and self-esteem will
allow me to complete college, medical school, and give resources to
students similar to my peers to ensure their success in life. When I
become a neursurgeon I want to be an example to kids. By that time I
will have already reached my financial goal and open a center to children
that can provide what I lacked in my childhood: chemistry sets, excellent
professional tutors, international internships, and much more. USC has
given me many ideas and many opportunities to start on my goal right now
in my life so that I can have a foundation. The ultimate education is
to help others to receive what you have received by telling them where
and how they may be fortunate like you.