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Personal Statement, An experience in your life that has affected what you want to do in your life.

My palms were sweating. My heart was beating out of my chest. “When you go in, you might want to put on a mask so you don’t smell them, and make sure you are wearing your universal precautions!” I was about to see and explore inside of dead bodies. In a room full of seniors aspiring to get into the medical field, I was the lone junior, and I thought I wanted to become an architect!

The body bags were unzipped; only intensifying the smell of embalming fluid. Why was I here? I do not want to become a doctor! “Arielle, you’re going to be with us, and we’re starting on body number one. Are you ready?”

No I am not ready! I am about to open up a dead person! The flaps of the body bag were folded up, and there it was. Body number one. I was staring at an actual dead body.

Suddenly, the nerves had vanished. The butterflies had gone away. I was staring at a dead body. It was cool! I was able to apply everything I had learned in Health Occupations that year to the body I was looking at. I was able to identify almost every bone, muscle, and organ I saw. My group relied on me to identify everything, and that’s when I realized I have a gift for this! I want to help people, I want to make a difference in the world; so, why should I become...

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