Life, in Perspective

Life is a journey. To help describe your journey thus far, and to prepare for what lies ahead, what do you bring with you as you travel to Marquette?

My life journey changed one January morning as I ascended the stairs to my room. An annoying ache had suddenly appeared near my left shoulder, and I was quickly becoming short of breath. At the hospital an hour later, I was diagnosed with a “spontaneous pneumothorax,” a collapsed lung. Although unaware at the time, I was about to embark on a life-changing experience, one that has strongly influenced my character. About a month after being released from the hospital, I suffered two additional relapses, and found myself facing one of my biggest phobias – surgery. A year later, I thought my lung issues were behind me and I focused on moving forward with my life – but my lung had other ideas. Over the next few months, it collapsed an additional five times.

Two years, three surgeries, and multiple chest tubes later, I found myself looking at the world a lot differently. My health issues helped prioritize things in my life in profound ways. After my surgeries, I found myself looking at life in a more positive, appreciative manner; I also developed a higher tolerance level. I realized that I lived a blessed life, and when I recovered I decided to seek out volunteer activities to help those less fortunate than myself. I started helping...

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