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Name: Lucas Gushikuma
University: University of Portland
Field of Study/Major: Nursing/Pre-Medicine
What motto best describes your outlook on life?
“Live life not for what it is, but for what it could be.” - Anonymous
What has being awarded the Grove Farm Scholarship meant to you?
Being awarded the Grove Farm Scholarship has allowed me to chase my academic endeavors. I want to be a pediatric orthopedic surgeon or pediatric neurosurgeon, so I have many years of school ahead of me. This scholarship has helped immensely.
What have you learned about yourself while you’ve been away?
While being away I have discovered what’s most important to me. I have become even more focused on my studies and building a strong community with the people around me.
What drives you?
Knowing that I completed only half, or a little less than half of my education when I graduated high school definitely scares me. However, I find motivation in knowing that this is what I was meant to do. I know that through my future education, research, and career goals regarding neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery, I will make a difference.
What gives you hope for the future?
When I think of all the advancement in medical technology, I become speechless. Researchers are in the process of developing artificial lungs and hearts. In fact, a few months ago, a group of researchers created artificial gray matter. Advancements in neurobiology and genetics also provide hope to curing or controlling impairments.