Animo College Preparatory Academy
Los Angeles, CA
My passion is biology.
The dream all started when I went to visit my mom in the hospital. She was very ill from high blood pressure, and the way the doctors treated and cared for her made me feel very hopeful; it truly was an amazing feeling. As a teenager, a trip to the doctor is very rare, but I will never forget the week I visited that hospital. It made me think, "Hey, I would like to work in the medical field one day."
I'm still deciding what type of career in the medical field I would like to pursue, but so far I'm really liking the idea of becoming a pediatrician. This career requires a big passion for medicine, and I'm more than determined to reach my goal of studying it.
Ashley is an excellent candidate on every level. She is a bright and talented student who is constantly being recognized for high level of achievement in academics. I believe that Ashley can excel in any environment that she enters; She will benefit from being in an environment that sponsors learning about medicine. I believe that exposing Ashley to things she may encounter in college will motivate her that much more to continue her hardworking ways to reach her goals.
To be completely honest, the LMU pre-college program definitely brought me out of my comfort zone the first few days. I had never been away from home for that long and I started worrying about silly things like how other people viewed me. I am a very introverted person. It took me about 3-4 days to really start adapting to my surroundings and lose the anxiety I was feeling my first days there. Now that the program is over, I want to be a student there.
Luckily, I had the privilege of having a close friend who also signed up for the program there with me those 2 weeks to guide me and make my time there more comfortable. But regardless of having a friend there with me, I still was able to meet people with completely different backgrounds and have a glimpse of what it means to be a college student.
My roommates were also very kind and I am keeping in touch with them through social media at the moment. We all had common interests like make-up, boy bands, and old Disney shows. They were also very understanding of my need to be alone at times and even so, we all had great times together. I have always been more of a morning person, so I would usually be the first one awake from the 3 of them. I just love the feeling of having a warm cup of coffee in the morning, as well as having time to myself.
I took an Environmental Science course my time there and the professor had a great sense of humor. I am not going to lie, I found the class kind of intimidating at first because we were encouraged to take plenty of notes and were taught many things that felt like a foreign language to me. But the professor clearly told us the first day, "Without even knowing how to swim, I will throw you into the ocean." Perhaps it wasn't exactly what he said (as in word per word) but the message definitely stayed with me those 2 weeks. It made me feel less bad whenever I didn't understand something, and it reminded me that he was not going to teach us as if we were High School students. He was going to teach us as undergraduates, because that was the program's purpose.
For our first weekend, we went on two amazing field trips. We went to Disneyland on Saturday (July 1st) and I had a great time getting on all the rides. We also went to Santa Monica Pier on Sunday (July 2nd), and I got on a roller coaster there too. This probably wasn't the purpose of the program at all, but I think it helped me get rid of my fear of roller coasters...
I would definitely recommend this program to anybody who may be interested in it because the professors are great and the campus is absolutely beautiful. The two weeks will pass in the blink of an eye and you will definitely meet new friends there. Some advice that I will give to future students attending the program will be that it's okay to feel sad and uncomfortable the first few days. It's okay if you don't understand what you are learning at times or if you aren't as "intelligent" as the other students there. It's okay if your background is different from others. It is all part of the program's official purpose: To make you feel like a college student.
I am so excited to attend this program! It is my first time staying overnight at a school and I am really looking forward to it. I have never even been to LMU, so I am also thrilled to visit the campus for the first time.
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