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Koret Fellowship Program

Iaisha Sadat

Public Health Science major, class of 2019

By completing Chemistry 13 over the 2017 summer quarter, I will now be able to graduate with a Bachelors of Public Health Science on time. This has been a vital course to gaining more in depth knowledge of the chemistry subject and can now enroll in more advanced courses such as Organic Chemistry. The summer allowed me to put all my efforts and focus on this one single class which helped me excel and perform well in the course! I have always struggled in chemistry but I found a new boost of confidence in the subject. Furthermore, I do not have to worry about the financial burden of extending an additional year of school as a low-income household.

I am committed to attending an accelerated graduate school to obtain two masters simultaneously in Physician Assistant and Public Health Studies, to further deepen my knowledge of bettering health care implementation and awareness of health care injustices. This will allow me to give direct medical care to impoverished individuals while having the accreditation to influence healthcare and create more equitable policies regarding poor communities. I have a profound passion to bring more equitable access to healthcare in disadvantage local and global communities. The work schedule of a physician assistant will allow me to put more time into volunteering at nonprofit organizations. And the public health background will give me the knowledge on the structure of health care system and how to influence policy for improvement.

Chemistry is crucial in the world of medicine as it teaches about the interactions of intermolecular forces essential to human life. It opens a world where healthcare providers can heal patients suffering with illness. In order to fulfill my career goals, I must invest in building competency towards my passion. This is the exact reason why I am more than determined to dive into the learning and knowledge of chemistry which will prepare me to become a physician assistant. The most important step in fulfilling my goal is to start at the foundation of it all. Chemistry is one of the foundations to advancing my steps towards graduate school.

Without the financial help from the LEAD Scholars Fellowship Award, I would not have been able to enroll in Chemistry 13 over the summer, which would have left me behind an entire year an further delaying graduation. However, now I do not need to worry about taking out any extra loans since I was granted with the opportunity to give my undivided effort throughout this challenging class. Lastly, and most importantly, I am building competency to reach my goals in becoming a healthcare provider.