To the CNH Kiwanis Foundation,
Although long overdue, I am writing to express my gratitude for the Kenneth C. Forror, M.D. Scholarship and for everything that Kiwanis has given me. In high school, Key Club gave me a space to build myself personally and professionally, while bettering the lives of others. Through the simple act of giving back, I received friends and mentors that will last a lifetime, a realized passion for serving my community, and the ability to use my place of privilege to help others.
My name is Carly Miller and I have just finished my first year as an intended Public Health major with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice at UC Berkeley. I realized very early on that I wanted to do one thing with my life: help others. I was never sure how exactly I would do this, but I am not someone who likes going through life without a plan, so I set myself on a strict path to medical school. I took comfort in the concrete agenda offered by this plan, knowing that I would be able to use this to reach my end goal somehow, and believed in it so much that I decided to graduate a year early. With the help of my incredible Kiwanis Advisor, Robin Hagan, I was able to do this and manage my role as Club President at the time. Nearly a year later, I still find myself on a career path focused on helping those in need, this time with a strong emphasis on improving the health of underprivileged populations.
This scholarship allowed me to create this path for myself, focus on finding what I am truly passionate about, and adjust to college life, rather than having to work immediately. I was able to obtain a teaching position through the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, become a Campus Ambassador for the University, intern with the Pilipino Association for Health Careers, and provide a competitive application for an internship at UC San Francisco. Without the leadership and interpersonal skills that I have learned from countless service events and Training Conferences, I would not have been nearly as well prepared to even apply for these positions.
Ultimately, I have found that volunteering is important to me because it gives me a chance to recognize the privilege that I have, and use it to better the lives of others. I come from a stable home with a family and Kiwanis community who has always loved and supported me and I currently attend the number one public university in the world (go bears!). This is an incredible position of influence that so many other people do not have. With the support I have received, I am able to share my capabilities, influence the communities around me, and assist those who need it the most. Thank you, Kiwanis, for everything you have given me, and for what I hope to give back to others.