A Health Careers Scholarship Recipient’s Message

Hello, and thank you so much for the $1,000 renewable scholarship. I can’t tell you how much this award means to me and my family, as it means I can continue to pursue my dream with reduced concerns about student loans.

A patient story that pops out in my head is from my final clinical before COVID-19 swept through and closed off students like me from practicing in the hospitals. I remember I was leaving a patient’s room, when one of my fellow students asked me for advice about another patient. She said he kept trying to get her to come into his room, but that he didn’t speak any English, so she didn’t know what to do. I asked what language he spoke, and she said she thought it was Spanish, but that she didn’t know any. I’m no where near fluent in Spanish, but I’d taken lessons as a young child, then took a class in high school and another in college. The older man could see us talking in the hallway, so I decided to go in and see if there was anything I could do to help. I knew enough Spanish to introduce myself, find out his name, and what it was he needed help with. It turned out that all he wanted was his TV on, and his remote was broken. I was able to help him with this and be on my way without neglecting any of my patients. The man seemed so relieved when I went in there speaking Spanish, almost as if no one else had really talked to him all day. I was so happy that I was able to help him, and I’m so glad to know that I know enough Spanish to help others when needed, even if it’s not urgent. This man was very kind, and he said “gracias” (thank you) more times than I could count. This event taught me that even small gestures can mean the world to people, so I should never fail to grasp every opportunity to do the right thing, no matter how small it may seem to me.

Again, thank you so much for the scholarship. It will definitely help me to continue making a difference in the lives of others, in both small and large ways.

The picture I included is of me at UC’s annual “White Coat Ceremony”, where rising sophomores are presented their lab coats to mark the beginning of the clinical portion of our schooling.

With gratitude,

Asia Werner

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