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As children, spelling our names and saying who our mommies and daddies are is enough to say everything we know about ourselves. As we grow up, our inner selves become a ravishing collage of thoughts and emotions. Talking about ourselves and what we have in our minds, including our goals, becomes harder and harder. If I were a five year old, answering this could be an easy task: “Hi, my name is Jesabel Rivera and I’m nineteen years old. I like to play doctor, and I love my mommy and my daddy a lot” In contrast, if where an early teenager, it would go somewhere like this: “Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a doctor. But nowadays I think more of the science aspects of it. What I have learned in school has made me think of living creatures as science. What are they? How does everything in them work? Who infects them? How does it happen? How can it be prevented?” As I approach adulthood at a fast pace, I refined and condensed all the thoughts that ran aloof in my head, and made a conclusion: biology and prevention were the keywords. It was then when understood that instead of curing people, I wanted to prevent them from even getting a disease. But not only people, I wish to prevent catastrophes from happening in any biology related situation. That’s why I decided to study Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez; to know more about virus, epidemics, fungi, parasites, and everything and anything that could help me make my goals a reality.
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