Lauren, 20 – FUNDED

Lauren Forbes

Real life can often inspire our dreams. After watching her brother survive a debilitating brain stem tumor, Lauren Forbes was compelled to enter the medical field. She wants to help children — like her brother — live “happy, healthy and thriving lives.” As a recipient of the 1,000 Dreams Fund scholarship, the University of Massachusetts at Boston student is well on her way.

What is your professional dream?

I am working towards a future in the medical field with a speciality in pediatric traumatic brain injuries. At a very young age, my brother was faced with the diagnosis of a debilitating brain stem tumor. The tumor was deemed inoperable and he was given a maximum three-week survival time. However, I grew up watching a miracle as he fought all odds and survived. This is where my motivation stems from. My future will consist of helping children just like my brother to lead happy, healthy, and thriving lives.

That’s amazing. How will you use the 1,000 Dreams Fund scholarship?

Financial disparities are a major barrier to most young people in terms of access to higher education. I believe that all individuals should have an equal opportunity for higher education. I am fully aware that the journey to pursue a career in the medical field is both extensive and expensive, but it is a journey in which I am entirely devoted. By receiving this scholarship, I am one step closer to becoming a doctor. I cannot imagine a future in which I am not helping children that truly need it.

What advice do you have for other young women looking to go for their dreams?

If you feel passionately towards something, go for it! In just my three years thus far in college, I’ve learned that almost every individual has a personal experience or motivation behind what she is doing. Let this drive your dreams!

Any setbacks?

I have learned that life is full of setbacks. However, I have grew up to have “thick skin” and can turn any negatives into a positive and optimistic learning experience. Growing up with a sibling that requires constant care has taught me not to stress the small things, and to never take anything for granted.

What’s next for you?

I will be applying to medical programs for the upcoming fall semester! Boston has the most competitive programs in the country, but I am ready for this challenge.