Michelle Chen: Love as a Medicine

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Posted on June6, 2015 by Michelle Chen

Ever since I was young, I always had the urge to help people.  Whether that was through lending my favorite blanket to a fellow camper because she was cold or donating cans of food to help a local soup kitchen, I always try everything to help as much as I can.  Now as a Health and Societies major student hoping to go to medical school in two years, I hope in the future that I will be able to nurture the sick especially as a doctor in programs like Doctors without Borders.  This is why I work in a pediatric oncology lab so I can donate my knowledge to cancer research in hope to find a cure one day.  I also volunteer at a rehabilitation hospital where I play the violin for the patients and staff.  One time on July 4th , I quickly scratched some notes onto a sheet and played the national anthem for the patients and everyone loved it.  I hope to be the type of doctor who has a strong focus on preventive medicine.  This is why I believe that surrounding ourselves with people and things we love and doing our favorite hobbies all help to create a healthy mental and social well-being.  My friends are able to do away with their stress from school and life through their artistic abilities like dance, music, and ice skating.  By recording the moments when we surround ourselves with the people and pets who we love and express ourselves through hobbies, photography is capturing the way that we nurture ourselves to prevent illness.


Photography and Text by Michelle Chen, Copyright 2015.


About the Author: Michelle Chen is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.  To read more articles by Michelle Chen, go to the search bar at the bottom of the page: type in author’s name, click the search icon.

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