Defying The Adversities
My name is Soma and I am representing Queens, NY my hometown! I have been a Registered Nurse for 5 years, a wife for 9 years and I am currently in my 2nd year of Osteopathic Medical School.
I would like to extend a very special thank you to my friend Angela for featuring me on her awesome website of ingenuity and talent.
I am a first-generation college graduate within my familial circle, I am an Underrepresented Minority (URM) of both Hispanic and West Indian descent, and I went against my family’s traditions and married outside of my race at the age of 18 and have been happily married for the past 9 years. I matriculated into medical school as a Registered Nurse of 5 years. 6 months before entering medical school, the biggest tragedy of my Iife occurred, where I unexpectedly lost my father and biggest supporter of my dreams and had to assist my mom and family emotionally and physically as I was embracing the harsh nature of first year as an OMS-I.
Being an ethnically mixed female that sought to go down a non-traditional path of becoming a Nurse first and then pursuing her dream of one day becoming a physician, has not been a smooth-sailing journey. There have been many obstacles that I have had to fight through and rise above. However, I possess a distinct set of skills, that combined with the education gained through medical school, can only aid in fostering a more adept clinician that can thoroughly care for the patients that I encounter, while also uniquely connecting with them due to my experiences.
My personal journey is composed of many diverse situations that can hopefully encourage those who are in a similar circumstance as I was, to continue to pursue their dreams and to not be discouraged by life’s hindrances. I am highly passionate about mentorship and its importance, and my desire is to uplift and support those who are struggling and require some assistance or encouragement to help them attain their goals.
Your mind is one of the most powerful tools that you possess in this life. Once you take control of your thoughts and emotions, whether it be through prayer, meditation, yoga, etc. you will reap the benefit of achieving some level of mental stability. In my opinion, this then empowers YOU to make the best decisions for yourself and influence your own pathway to success. YOU are not alone in this journey, YOU will be victorious, YOU will turn your dreams into reality. Believe in YOU!
I’d like to offer my sincerest heartfelt sentiments of gratitude to the 3 chief people in my life that have supported my wishes and dreams throughout my journey: My mom, My dad (may he Rest in Peace) and to the love of my life.