My name is Crystal Chan and I am from Central California. I am the first generation in my family to graduate from high school and college, with Cantonese being my primary language.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology and a Dance minor from University of California, Berkeley. I have been dancing since the age of three and have trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/contemporary, and hip hop dancing. I currently work as a medical assistant in primary care and will be pursuing a Joint Masters of Physician Associate (PA) and Masters of Public Health degree at Touro University of California.
I was first inspired to become a PA through seeing the health disparities my parents’ faced while growing up in Central California. My immigrant parents speak little English. They struggled to make a living and support our family while doing their best to stay healthy. My parents could hardly afford health insurance and had to travel at least an hour away to find the nearest healthcare provider who could speak Chinese. Seeing my parents’ struggles made me realize the importance of increasing access to healthcare for communities that need it the most. I am motivated to make a positive impact by becoming a PA who can improve the health of underserved communities and increase Asian representation in medicine.
The team at Commonwealth Law Group started The Pursuing A Positive Impact Scholarship to recognize students who work hard to make a difference in their communities. We enjoyed reading all of the submissions discussing how students across the country have worked toward making positive changes in their community, and we want all applicants to know how touched we were by their submissions. To learn more about this year’s scholarship, visit our scholarship page for more information.