Ever since grade 10, I wanted to become a dietitian. It suited me well as I love food, nutrition, and helping people. But, I never really did anything to pursuit it, with the exception of working hard in my classes. By the time grade 12 rolled around, I really worked my butt off so I could be accepted into the UBC.
Now I am in the UBC. And I’m actually fighting for one seat of thirty in the dietetics program.
One of the application components is a cover letter, outlined:
- Why do you want to apply to the program?
- What have you done to show that you’re qualified to become a dietitian?
- What are your professional goals?
When I first wrote my cover letter, it seemed so robotic – like a mere extension of my resume. There was no passion in it, especially in part 3. All this time, I’ve been chasing a dream that my dad created for me: open a gym with a counselling office and a cafe that features a dietitian-designed menu. So I wrote that.
But… Lately, I’ve realised that this dream… Is not what I want. There’s something else that I truly want to do with a dietetics degree.
I want to become an oncology dietitian. I want to help people who suffer from cancer. I want to nourish their bodies so that they can fight for their lives… and their families.
5 years ago, my aunt passed away due to cancer. When I visited her, I just felt so helpless. There was nothing I could do to help her other than just… being there. And I hated that. I wanted to do more.
Even though this was several years ago, I’ll never be the same. Every time I think about her… It just all comes back.
What’s worse is that cancer doesn’t only take one life – it takes many. It’s an insatiable disease. And lately, it has taken a couple more.
And it’s not fair for cancer to do this. A question that I always ask myself: Why are the good people being punished? It just doesn’t make sense… There’s plenty of evil do-ers in this world, yet it’s the good ones that are cursed. It’s just not fair.
So, I changed my cover letter. My aspiration is no longer to open a business, rather it’s to become an oncology dietitian so that I can help people battle this horrible disease. I know that it’s going to be a rough journey. And who knows whether I’m going to be accepted into the program. But, all I can do is try and hope for the best.