TMLA Soph Wins Award for Character, Courage and Commitment

 Elizabeth Goberdhan, TMLA Sophomore, has received the 2019 Official Triple C Award presented by and in collaboration with NYS Attorney General’s Office & Philo4thought. This certificate of merit is awarded to a student who has displayed “a remarkable level of Character, Courage and Commitment in her personal growth and outreach to become an active member of the community.” 

When Elizabeth’s mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at first she was devastated. Challenged personally and academically, Elizabeth developed a deepened trust in God and a determination to become an oncologist;  she realized that these challenges were blessings in disguise as they allowed her to overcome these hardships, give back to the community through volunteer work, and define a specific career path that would benefit humanity. 

Elizabeth then began to volunteer at Northwell Health, Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she assisted patients, physicians, and staff. She also became a Hematology / Oncology Research Associate Volunteer at Drexel University College of Medicine /Hahnemann University Hospital. Elizabeth is even now a Research Associate Volunteer in Philadelphia.

According to Elizabeth, “These experiences also enabled me to stay positive when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. Furthermore, even though I am now on 75 mg Levothyroxine, my character, courage and commitment to succeed were forged by these experiences and have prepared me for all the curveballs in life.”

Elizabeth’s winning personal essay may be found at this page: https://www.tmla.org/character-courage-and-commitment/

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