Help Provide Education and Medical Care in Cuernavaca Mexico
Anna was an intern at TRUE Model Management and has a passion for fashion and medicine. Anna was born in Poland and moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of 11. With no one in her family able to speak English, the move was very overwhelming. In addition to trying to adjust to a new place, Anna began to fall ill upon coming to the United States, which lead her family to find a Polish-speaking Dr. that could help their daughter and communicate in a language that they understood. This experience was a life-defining moment for Anna, as it ignited her interest in the field of medicine. Anna, a double major who is consistently on the Dean’s list and who now speaks 3 languages, continues to challenge herself. Her newest goal is to raise money for a college trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico to provide education and medical care to an underprivileged community. Donations will help to make the trip possible and help make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. No amount is too small and all is greatly appreciated!
I come from a very small world – growing up in a Polish village that lacked a museum, a theater, and a hospital made me feel like the world is safe, calm, and simple. What could possibly go wrong in a place where I knew the names of every resident, including their four-legged pets and distant relatives?
When I moved to New York at the age of 11, I began adapting a more critical view of where we are and who we are in this world. I began realizing that difficulties and hardships are simply part of life and that happiness is only real when a person understands what it’s like to feel dispirited. When neither I nor my parents spoke any English, we felt like the outsiders in a heterogeneous city, where everybody else seemed interconnected. My health problems began, and I started visiting more and more doctors in the area. My mom, who supported me through each and every painful allergic episode, finally found a physician who was able to help us – because she spoke our language.
When I visited the office and met Dr. Alicja, I immediately fell in love with the medical profession. She walked me through each and every step of my physical exam and explained why I feel the way I do. She nearly made my pain appear like a simple fix, instilling me with hope that she is here to help. Through my physician, I finally understood my utmost mission in life: I want to become a medical professional. I want to help people through medicine, and I want to do it thorough communication, the way she did for me. Dr. Alicja knew me. She understood my condition because she understood who I was.
For the past three years, I have actively worked to improve my community and the college community that I’m a part of, through participating in activities that benefit the area. I was an adult literacy tutor, volunteered at a hospice, EMS, as well as the local hospital. I took part in the tobacco committee to help individuals overcome tobacco use, tutored students on campus in various subjects, as well as inspired students from a local academy to take charge of their education and always strive for success by guest speaking at their institution. Helping others is what fulfills me. I aspire for a greater outreach.
In the winter, my school is organizing a study abroad trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. We will be living with host families and spending 12 hours a day volunteering at the local underprivileged hospital. As pre-medical students, we will be working directly with patients alongside physicians and nurses; our help is needed, as the clinics are under-staffed. We will be right there with the patients, helping them through their weakest and most vulnerable of times. Just thinking of the fact that my hands can soon help to heal a wound on a child makes my heart fill with paramount joy.
Unfortunately, the study abroad trip to Cuernavaca is expensive. My financial aid will not cover the trip and I have applied to numerous scholarship opportunities, none of which would be able to cover the program. The money I raise will be used to cover the tuition fee, as well as the program fee, of my trip. I have already worked to save up enough money to cover the ticket and passport expenses, but I need help with the rest.
By helping me through your donation, you will be contributing to something invaluable: the education of another individual. Furthermore, your donation will strongly benefit the Cuernavacan community – your money will be like a donation to the individuals who desperately need medical attention. Your donation will take form of hard, diligent, and meticulous work performed by my hands, which are already yearning to help others.