On Thursday, March 13, 2003, my life was changed forever when I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. Over the last twelve years, I have found a great passion for diabetes and aspire to become a pediatric endocrinologist.
This fall, in my second year of college, I came upon an opportunity to apply for the Students with Diabetes Internship Program. Students with Diabetes was founded by Nicole Johnson, the 1999 Miss America, who desired to build a community for those who had diabetes, like herself. I applied for this program in November, and in late December I learned that I was one of thirty-three finalists from across America. In the following five months, I went through the application process with Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company that largely focuses on diabetes care and management. In May I discovered that I landed one of fifty-two positions within a field of over 3,000 applicants. I also found out that my internship position would be working in Novo Nordisk’s Research Center in Seattle, WA, where I would be doing literature-based research on diabetic complications.
I now find myself, a small-town Iowan, in the middle of big-city Seattle, Washington for the summer of 2015. I cannot wait to see where God leads me on this journey!
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey