Name: Emma Lutes
From: Shelbyville, Indiana
Albert Einstein once said that “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” This is why I have decided that I want to study biology on a pre-med track with the hope of becoming a physician.
Growing up, the importance of education and community service were always stressed. Without the strict educational standards held by my parents, I would definitely not have the same drive for excellence. Not only did my parents instill good values that will carry me through tough times, they also sparked my interest in biology and the healthcare field. My father is a fireman and paramedic. His first-hand accounts of medical emergency situations and the treatment of patients always
fascinated me. As a STEM enrichment program coordinator, my mother encouraged me to apply to Operation Catapult at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Catapult was an invaluable 18 day project-based camp that focused on engineering and biology. This experience further reinforced my interest in the healthcare field. In addition to my parents, my science teachers have been instrumental in cultivating my love of biology with incredible demonstrations and dissections. They
showed that these fields were not only interesting beyond belief, but also require life-long learning, which is appealing.
Now, I will not claim that I have always known that I wanted to become a doctor. Honestly, the road of college major selection has been a long and winding one, fraught with art and engineering options. However, I truly believe that biology on a pre med track is the option that fits me best. I have always loved to learn about anatomy and medical procedures. I also feel that service is an important part of any individual’s life; as citizens, it is our responsibility to care for one another. Becoming a doctor would allow me to help others in fundamental ways every day and explore opportunities for mission work. I have already had the opportunity to go on a mission trip with my church to Atlanta, Georgia. We worked with children in a low-income, Hispanic community which opened my eyes to the need for better medical care in such communities.
In addition to volunteer activities with my church, I also work with many community organizations to organize volunteer opportunities for the National Honor Society. Through these opportunities, I have been able to help ring bells for the local Salvation Army, decorate our town for Christmas, and serve at local festivals. Our society also hosts two blood drives each year, and we stress the importance of these to the community. It has been an honor not only to serve my local community in uplifting ways but also to help those in need around Indiana.
As a physician, I would love to help communities similar to those in Atlanta and my own in Indiana. There is so much suffering in this world, and it would be absolutely shameful for me to squander the gifts I have been given when I could use them to aid others.