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Published on Jan 21, 2016
I'm SiLin Huang, born in Taishan, China and raised in San Leandro, California. I would be an excellent candidate for 2014 Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program because I am an intelligent and talented 12th grade student at Castro Valley Adult and Career Education. In November 2013, I received my college acceptance to Columbia University. I will be the first person in my family and my school to attend a four-year university. My deepest desire is to attend Columbia University to commence my journey to become a physician and serve residents of my underrepresented community. Given that my mother earns less than $20,000 annually and my father is long-term unemployed, it is essential for me to receive financial assistance in order to attend college and achieve my goals.
After two years of interruption in my education due to illness, I have pioneered my own path to college as a nontraditional student. My story was featured on Castro Valley Forum (a local news paper), Castro Valley Patch (a local news website), and KTSF Chinese News. Recently, I was informed that I am the honoree for 2014 Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame under the youth category for excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement.
America is the most diverse country in the world. As an Asian American, I hope to use my knowledge, language skills, and experience to strengthen the medical care system by treating patients as I communicate in their native languages. Coming from an immigrant community, I learned that many families are not aware of health issues because of language barriers, cultural differences, and financial problems. Not only I can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taishanese (Cantonese dialect) fluently, I can also read and type both traditional and simplified Chinese characters. I have taken two years of Spanish in high school and I am learning French independently. My ability to speak five languages enables me to cooperate, communicate, understand, and assist people from various communities and cultures. I am inspired to become a multilingual doctor so I will be more effective when treating patients, and patients will have more knowledge to make informed decisions.