June 12, 2016

     As some of you already know, I am a high schooler going into the eleventh grade. With a scan of the team, I am significantly younger than everyone else, and I acquire little to no knowledge about medicine even though both of my parents are doctors. When I signed up for this trip, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to help enough because I was a high schooler. I knew I had no knowledge of medicine, and I thought I would just be a wasted and unimportant member of our team. I contemplated this for a long time as the trip grew closer and closer. However, once the trip started and I began to get to know the team, I realized that my age and intellectual differences didn't matter. Justis Ward even said to me, "you are one of us now." These students don't see me as just Dr. Scheetz' daughter; These students see me as a helpful member of their team. 

     In other words, I worried about nothing. God opened doors for me and gave me the opportunity to come on this trip in order for me to meet these amazing, compassionate, humble men and women for a reason. Maybe God allowed me to come on this trip to show me that I need to pursue medicine like my parents and sister. Or maybe, God lead me down this path to show me just how blessed I truly am. However, no matter the reason, I feel like I have made new friends that will last. Everyone has taught me so much whether it be medical knowledge or even life lessons. For this outlook, I will be forever grateful. These young adults have truly made a huge impact in my life in this short amount of time whether they believe so or not. I am truly sad to leave this team today as I couldn't of asked for a better group of students. However, I can't wait to see the great doctors, pharmacists, and nurses these kind and loving adults learn to be.

Morgan Mathis, Part of the Team. 

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