Malcom B. Mathis II
Statement of Purpose
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In lieu of the ever-evolving world today, it is crucial for a young man to stay focused on goals that are set for the destination known as success. In a time where young Black men populate jails and prisons more than ever before, and the stereotypical view of a young Black man is one of disgrace and distaste, I have realized my calling. I have read numerous articles and seen many displays that attain to the struggles my ancestors survived through, and I can attest to the pleasures in life which I enjoy that were achieved because of the blood, sweat, and tears of those who ploughed the path of equality amongst all ethnicities. When I reflect on the tireless efforts of my ancestors, I feel obliged to set high goals for myself. I deem it necessary to tread another path so those who come after me will have yet another option.

Currently I am on track to graduate in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Chemistry was my chosen course of study because of my exposure to it in high school and the passion I developed for it over the years. Science is all relative, but would never be fully understood if it were not for the elementary factors of chemistry, such as the atom and the molecule.

With my degree in chemistry, I plan on continuing my education on the graduate school level. My interests include medical school or obtaining my Doctorate with a concentration in biomedicine. I eventually want to be in a position where I can help people live healthier. I especially wish to educate children on the various aspects of health-related careers so they can make the everyday lives of people better, too.

A person cannot sit and hope for an opportunity, rather, it is imperative to seek challenges and be available to pursue valuable situations. I have been making preparations for my future endeavors via internships and research projects. In the summer of 2004, I had the opportunity to gain valuable research experience at Meharry Medical College under the tutelage of Dr. Ramesh and recent Doctorate recipient, Stormy Walker. We did extensive research on a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon by the name of fluoranthene, and I did a presentation on our research at the conclusion of the program. In the spring semester of 2005, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Richard Walker at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. We did research, which will be continued in the fall semester, on anti-oxidant activity. I also presented at the school’s annual research symposium and was awarded first place. In the summer of 2005 I had the opportunity to work with Dr. LeCompte, Dr. San Juan, and Dr. Garland in the area of remote sensing applications. Our objective was to use remote sensing to locate archeological remnants of the “Lost Colony.”

The road to success is not an easy travel. It has many obstacles that can hinder a person’s progress. Determination is needed. I know that I am equipped with the skills I need to accomplish any task I embark upon. My drive is to do my best in every aspect of my life. I will never settle for mediocrity. I am doing those necessary things that will assist me in taking full advantage of opportunities that are available to me.