My name is Joshua Lewis and anything worth having takes some sacrifices. School is of the utmost importance to me, but serving my country is my first priority. Being in the Navy and going to school, while constantly deploying, is an adventure in itself. I recently deployed to Afghanistan and my first thought was, cant take classes this semester. Yet, like every intrepid military member, I rose to the occasion, and counted it an honor to go and fight for my country. Now that I am back, I am in my sophomore year of school, and still going strong. My major is psychology, and have four years of med school after that to be a pediatrician. I know it sounds like a cliche, but children are our future, what we teach them now, will some day determine not only their tomorrow but ours as well. If I am able to provide a positive influence to every child I see, the journey was well worth it.
To whom much is given, much is expected. Growing up in Baltimore city, has given me the inside story, of how much ones society plays a role in a childs life. Fortunately for me, I was an introvert, but I also had a few role models that continued to expect great things. Being like those I was surrounded by was not an option. I say that to say this, I am who I am because of those positive role models, and thats what I want to be for young people. Be the one that they can look up to, and see it does pay to be different, that you can rise above the statistics, and be great. I have two sisters and a brother, and I already see change in them. I can be worse than a dad, I expect great things, but I just dont tell them, I show them, and their grades have risen substantially, and their demeanors have changed for the better. I call my little brother boy genius, he doesnt know it, but he has turned the tables on me, and is my role model. Hes 13, and much smarter than I, I must admit, am a little jealous.
I reached out to my mentor, and told him, I need help. I know what I want, but I need to know the best way to get there. I asked about networking, financing, books that I should read to get ahead, any and every question I had, he had an answer. Since our very first conversation, he has been a tremendous help, and has my highest level of respect and gratitude.
It’s never too late to change your stars, and thanks to StudentMentor.org, I am that much more optimistic about my tomorrow. All thanks to the mentorships I have been able to partake in.