The biggest commitment you have ever made.
- Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.
My mom should have passed away in 2010. That she did not until September-2018
shaped my career path and reaffirmed my biggest commitment: fulfilling others’ needs whenever possible.
As my mom’s cancer spread to brain and bones, my dad contacted every connection he had worldwide for second opinions. Thankfully, we got the right treatment and medicines, which gave us 9
more precious years together.
When I came to the US for college two years after mom’s diagnosis, I explored what blocked patients outside of the US from obtaining second opinions easily. I started to formulate an idea of a
platform that would provide access for Chinese patients to remote second opinion services from leading-edge US medical institutions. Many people lack the network and resources we had, and
this is my way to fill that gap. With all the considerable efforts, in the last year I have built the program, and it is going live in January 2019.
The platform that gives people more time together may be the most significant way I’ll fill others’ needs, but it is not the only one. I have always had an inherent instinct to help others in need.
Even before college I did this, starting an educational company that provided supplemental classes to high school students during winter and summer breaks when I was back in China. With
customized class designs and an approachable education style, the kids learned more effectively than in a typical class and with greater happiness, and got admitted to their dream schools.
During college I continued fulfilling needs by creating two enduring clubs. One is an actuarial science club, with which I advocated for XYZ’s first actuarial major, and over time it has become a
formal degree program. Today, 30+ people per year get jobs as actuaries because of the alumni network I built and program I developed. I also founded a Chinese pop-fusion dance group, which
continues to thrive. Leaving a legacy of two clubs gives me tremendous pride, showcasing how my leadership and passion brought value to the lives of others.
But no need is stronger than having more time with loved ones. I lived this every day for the past 100 days, as I would give anything to have had more time with my mom. One shining outcome of
this incredibly difficult time is how much closer my family has become as we try to fill the void she left. When I called my aunt crying one day after seeing an old picture of mom, she shared their
fondest childhood memories and offered to place herself in my mom’s role, giving me as much love and care as possible. In turn, I text her daily, talking about everyday life, just as she and my
mom used to do. Living and breathing the pain, our family is gluing much closer in the face of our shared tragedy, inspiring me to extend myself to others.
Wherever I go, whatever group I am part of, I identify needs and am committed to fulfilling them. Every time I do, I feel so much satisfaction that, in turn, my commitment to this goal only grows.
Now, I believe my biggest legacy will be through this cross-border medical initiative, giving others the gift of more time with their loved ones.
- How did you arrive at these career interests? How have you or how will you position yourself to pursue them? (max250words)
Thousands of people experience the same desperation my father and I did when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. That emotion – and my gratitude for having 9 years longer with my mom
– motivates me to help them.
During college, while visiting every lung cancer specialist at XYZ Hospital for second opinions on mom’s treatment, I explored what prevented international patients from obtaining second
opinions from leading US hospitals. Learning that the challenges were mainly lack of awareness, language barriers and difficulties collecting medical documents, I determined to create a cross-
border platform to make second opinion services more accessible to Chinese patients.
First, I had to build health care experience/knowledge. Consulting has exposed me to life science/healthcare projects and leaders, while polishing my analytical and interpersonal skills working
with other industries.
Having laid the groundwork, last year, I formed a team of twelve from healthcare, technology and marketing to transform the idea into action. Going live January-2019, the platform, YCM,
simplifies getting second opinions by automating hospital selection, medical documents collection and translation. We are targeting individual patients first, then will expand through partnership
with local hospitals.
I’m proud of where we are, but my leadership and entrepreneurial skills are self-taught; I learned from my education start-up during college that instinct and desire aren’t enough. With practical
management skills gained through the integrated curriculum, MBA will fill the gap, helping me guide the platform to success and give people more time with their loved ones.