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Orangesoft Women In Technology Scholarship Program

Hi my fellow candle lovers! It's co-owner Samantha Whitney here. I just wanted to come on here and share my passion for science and share a link to an amazing company called Orangesoft which is an awesome web and mobile app development company. A great program that Orangesoft has is this scholarship program that helps provide money for women pursuing a STEM career and I am hoping to be their next Orangesoft Scholar.

I am sharing my essay in this post so I can share why I have such a passion for science. Please enjoy at your leisure.

My name is Samantha Whitney, and I am a senior at Drew University, pursuing my B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Sociology. I have had a passion for science for the majority of my life as a result of the struggles I have endured medically. I have Crohn’s disease, Lupus, and a chronic pain condition that my team of doctors are still working to figure out. I have had such thorough first-hand experience with healthcare and the frustration of trying to manage chronic conditions ever since I was a child. I also have worked in research setting with a previous professor of mine to study effects of certain drugs on the function of mice. The more and more exposure I get to these scientific and medical environments, the more passionate I become about being the researcher in the future who is able to find effective treatments and, possibly, cures that can help people with chronic conditions. So much research has been done to try and reverse, slow, or cure conditions such as the studies done on reversing the demyelination that is caused by multiple sclerosis and as a woman in STEM, I want to be a part of that research. I want to be a part of helping people who struggle with conditions that they cannot always help. If there is even a chance of finding a way to slow the progress of degenerative diseases or cure them, I would be eternally grateful to be able to help find that solution. As someone who struggles with chronic conditions myself and who has become part of a community of people who struggle with a variety of disabilities, I have learned how much these conditions can impact people’s daily lives. So many people need us, in the STEM field, to use the resources and knowledge we have to find answers and solutions for them, and I think that the best people to be doing so are those who have passion, drive, and empathy for the topics they are studying and those subjects they are studying for. I plan to continue to learn and study while completing my undergraduate degree and to never stop learning or trying to help those communities who struggle with diseases with my research and knowledge. I also plan to lead the way for more young women like me to pursue careers in STEM and to help close the gender gap in the field so we can continue to come up with innovative ideas and better represent the demands of our society.

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