I ran track from middle school through high school. It was my intention to walk on to the track team at the University of Washington. However,after training with the team during my freshman year, I decided to focus more on my academic and research pursuits, although I could have continued running with the team. Even though I did not run track in college, I still maintained a regular exercise schedule. For me, having an active lifestyle has become more important than not running in college. Exercise is a vital source of discipline, as I apply that athletic work ethic to my academics, research, and interaction with my community through service, mentorships, and friendships. As an aspiring physician looking to improve clinical treatment, I hope to be a good example of sustaining physical fitness for my patients and fellow co-workers.