WEBVTT 1 00:00:01.950 --> 00:00:06.690 Dear Past Me: Thank you for dreaming. Because of all the confidence you possess, 2 00:00:06.691 --> 00:00:10.050 you will make sure our dreams come true. 3 00:00:11.710 --> 00:00:16.120 I remember you envisioning your future self as a physician for motivation 4 00:00:16.360 --> 00:00:19.330 because you did not often see physicians who looked like you. 5 00:00:20.470 --> 00:00:24.880 Because of you and many others, this will change for a lot of children. 6 00:00:26.170 --> 00:00:28.030 Growing up in the Delta region of Arkansas, 7 00:00:28.031 --> 00:00:33.031 it is easy to start believing we live in a way the rest of the world perceives 8 00:00:33.311 --> 00:00:36.190 us, but you know that this is a special place. 9 00:00:37.030 --> 00:00:42.030 I often think of this whenever I feel like I am an imposter because I realized 10 00:00:42.341 --> 00:00:46.180 that I am your inspiration even though you do not know me yet. 11 00:00:48.100 --> 00:00:51.400 Your journey to become a medical student will be unconventional, 12 00:00:52.000 --> 00:00:56.200 but it does not have to be difficult. Everything will fall into place. 13 00:00:57.700 --> 00:01:01.180 You will graduate from Arkansas State and one day attend NYITCOM at A-State, 14 00:01:03.190 --> 00:01:08.190 a medical school that sees you for who you are and who you can become. 15 00:01:10.390 --> 00:01:15.390 You will one day have the amazing opportunity to advocate and mentor students in 16 00:01:15.971 --> 00:01:16.804 the Delta region, 17 00:01:17.350 --> 00:01:21.490 and you will be a part of something that will change the health outcomes of this 18 00:01:21.520 --> 00:01:25.780 underserved region. You are built for this. 19 00:01:26.170 --> 00:01:29.830 Never forget that. Sincerely, Darika, 20 00:01:30.430 --> 00:01:31.270 Future Healer.