I didn’t do particularly well in high school. To be honest, school wasn’t the most important thing to me at that point in my life. It wasn’t until my senior year that I started to apply myself and turn my grades around. When I told my guidance counselor that I wanted to be a doctor, she tried to change my mind. Even my family and friends thought I would fail. Now, I’m in my last year as an undergrad, majoring in biology, on the dean’s list, and about to start medical school. While other people doubted me, I knew I could do it. That is my Self-Assurance in a nutshell. To me, Self-Assurance is a lot like confidence. I have always had this internal belief in myself. I know that if I try hard enough, I can be successful. When others doubt me, it makes me try even harder. I think to myself, “Just give me a chance, and I will show you what I can do.” Four years ago, everyone doubted my choice and my ability to become a doctor. Everyone — except me. I knew I could do it. I trusted my instincts and my ability. I am on track to reach my dreams.