I wrote the following in response to this scholarship application question: “Write a statement of at least 200 words giving your educational objectives. Include your career plans, and how your college work fits into your future.”
After finishing half of the coursework for a master’s degree in Computer Engineering, I felt impressed to withdraw from the program to become a chiropractor. With the support of my academic adviser and my wife, I followed the impression and took a leap of faith. I hadn’t taken a chemistry course for eight years, but I took three chemistry courses the next semester, along with psychology and physiology courses. The switch has been difficult, but I remain comfortable and confident with this decision. I am finishing the prerequisite courses this semester, and I have already received provisional acceptance from the chiropractic university of my choice.
I will earn the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from National University of Health Sciences, beginning May 2010 and finishing September 2013. Upon graduation and passing the board exams, I aspire to practice as a junior partner in a small clinic in rural Utah or in the Midwest. After 3-5 years, I expect to open my own clinic.
In addition to my own future practice, I currently help chiropractic clinics “go paperless.” I represent a computer consulting firm which provides software for practice management, document imaging, and electronic claim submission. I enjoy employing my unique background to serve both doctors and patients.
I haven’t submitted the application yet, and I would sincerely appreciate feedback on how this can be improved. Thank you.