Who has access to good healthcare? Who finds it difficult to go to the emergency department? Why? Who has found the lack of representation in a hospital a deterrent to pursuing treatment? These questions puzzled me for so long. Only this summer, through the volunteer program Project Healthcare (PHC) at Bellevue Hospital, did I finally have the opportunity to observe the treatment of a diverse patient population in a major city.

Many of us pursue greatness — or at the very least, happiness — and we feel that getting a higher education will aid us in this goal. However, lately I have been feeling that the deluge of homework and essays we get every week is suppressing the potential innovation many of us are capable of. We seem to be pursuing grades rather than an education, for there seems to be no time to educate ourselves properly; time has become our enemy.