Ton La, Jr.Les and Donna Haulbrook UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment
Spotlight: Excellence in Academics Leads to Achievement
Hello, my name's Ton and I am a junior at the University of Houston. I enjoy getting things done ahead of time and I am a detail-oriented person. Including, I am a pianist and a 3rd degree black belt and instructor in Taekwondo and Hapkido. Outside of school, you can find me volunteering or lifting weights in the gym.
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
I am a member of a few organizations which include the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the Bloomsbury Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Omicron Delta Kappa. Presently, I am an active member of UH AMSA as this year’s webmaster. As the webmaster I am the main architect, designer, organizer, and machinist of AMSAHouston.com.
During the 2012-2013 school year, I was the H-LSAMP/SEP editor where I worked with administration to produce articles about upcoming/past news & events. I also launched the Student Successes page where you can find featured students in athletics, engineering, pre-health, undergraduate research, and UH competitions & contests. I also interviewed UH alumni that have gone through SEP. As well, I was a Chemistry 2 workshop assistant facilitator for the Spring 2013 semester.
During high school, I volunteered over 1,300 hours at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, and Texas Children’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospitals. Likewise, I served as President of the TCH and SLEH Junior Volunteer Councils my senior year, and now this is my second year as an active advisor to both councils. As part of the TCH JVC we host holiday parties and hospital-wide puppet shows for the patients, and as part of the SLEH JVC we visit patients on holidays and distribute hand-made gifts and cards. Also, annually on Thanksgiving and Easter at TCH & SLEH I sport the Turkey/Easter Bunny costume and go floor-by-floor to visit patients. This is a tradition I implemented my senior year of high school and one that I hope will continue when I graduate from UH. Before I was President of both councils, I was the Special Events and Publicity Chairman of the TCH JVC and Treasurer of the SLEH JVC.Currently, I am a National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Senior Student Council Representative where I occasionally write articles for the NSHSS monthly newsletter and represent the University of Houston at member events. On June 20, 2013 at Rice University, I was part of the college discussion panel where I, along with Mr. Charlie Woodson (UH Admissions Counselor and Outreach Coordinator) and other college representatives, answered audience questions concerning aspects of the college admissions process (standardized test scores, scholarships, financial aid, choosing a major to name a few). Similarly on June 01, 2012 at Rice University, I gave a speech on how to navigate the college admissions process and how to maximize one’s time in high school.
AWARDS AND HONORS
On March 11, 2013, I was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award - Gold Level for my time at Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, and the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science. It is an honor to be recognized; however, any kind of volunteer work should never go unnoticed.
Awards and honors that I received in high school:
Other awards include AP Scholar with Distinction & Honor, Best AP Biology Student, Best Economics & U.S. Government Student, and Best French Level 3 and Level 2 Student.
I will be graduating from the University of Houston with a major in Biology and minors in Health and Medicine & Society. After, I will be attending Baylor College of Medicine as part of the Houston Premedical Academy and hopefully the University of Houston Law Center to earn medical and law degrees concurrently.
I strive to become an adept physician so that I will be able to provide holistic healthcare to all of my patients regardless of financial woes and other conditions that in today’s society unfortunately and by large determine who can acquire the most immediate and judicious healthcare.
Moreover, the relationship between medicine and law is undeniable as seen by the thousands of costly and emotional malpractice suits every year. Primarily, I want to serve as an expert witness, case reviewer, and to be actively involved in multiple technical aspects of medical malpractice litigation (exhibits, deposition, medical legal research, etc.).
Ultimately, whether one day I’m helping others from the bedside or another day in the courtroom I can see no greater sense of satisfaction and fulfillment for myself. In the end, I hope I will have contributed my all to the fields of medicine and law, and to the betterment of society.
“He [Purdon Martin] was a deeply human pioneer, and in his medicine understanding and collaborating were central: patient and physician were coequals, on the same level, each learning from and helping the other and between them arriving at new insights and treatment.”
- Oliver Sacks