The path to success is never a straight line. And my path exemplifies this statement. Becoming a doctor seemed like an unobtainable goal growing up in a family that did not emphasize a college education. After high school I began working in construction and eventually started my own contracting business. But over time I began to think about my future and where I would be in 10 years and I was not happy with what I came up with. So, I decided to do something about it. I started taking classes at my local community college at night while working construction during the day. After completing my associates degree, I transferred to a four-year university to complete my bachelor’s degree. While obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I worked at night in order to finance my education. After college, I attended medical school and went onto residency. Ultimately, I completed 12 years of higher education despite being the first in my family to attend college. Today, I could not be prouder of my accomplishments and encourage younger students to never settle for anything but their best.