My name is Hope Horn and I’m 21 years old. I’m from Deerfield, IL which is a small suburb outside the city of Chicago. Currently, I’m majoring in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Chemistry at Pepperdine University. After graduation I plan to take 1-2 years to work as an EMT or Medical Scribe while also completing a post-bacc program. I’m working towards becoming an Orthopaedic Surgeon.
How do you define success?
Success is when you’ve reached a point in your life where you’re content, whether it be financially, physically, and/or emotionally, but you know that you can grow further. Success is about being happy with where you’re at the present moment, yet knowing there is more you can do to achieve new goals and become the person you want to be.
What are your goals/dreams and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My goal in life is to not only become an Orthopaedic Surgeon but to continuously grow my knowledge in regards to medicine so that I can better serve my patients. That is why five years from now I’ll be in medical school. Outside of my career, my biggest dream is to be able to support myself and my family.
What motivates you?
My determination to make my dreams come true and knowing what the future can hold if I achieve my goals, motivates me daily. I refuse to let the roadblocks in my journey through life keep me from being the person I want to be.
What is something that you do (a habit or daily practice) that you believe helps you achieve your goals or be productive?
I make it a habit to reflect on WHY I’m doing what I’m doing. When I’m discouraged or classes seem hard I remember why I need to put in the hard work to ultimately achieve my goals. If I want the successful future I’ve dreamed of, then I need to put in the work. I imagine the future patients I will treat and how my actions can help them thrive – that’s all I need to renew my determination.
Who is your inspiration and why?
My inspiration is actually not someone in the medical field. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I love Misty Copeland. She is the first African American to become the principal ballerina for prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Her journey to making this dream come true was full of financial instability, custody battles, moving from one home to the next at a young age, and having a lack of resources. Despite her many challenges, her sheer determination kept her on the path to greatness. When her home life was unstable she found support in her dance teacher. When someone would tell her she couldn’t ever become… she would work until she proved them wrong. Everyday after school she was at the Boys and Girls Club to take classes. She would practice until her feet bled. There were many factors that tried to hold her back but they simply motivated her to keep pushing forward. Her determination and keeping her eye on her dream inspires me to do the same.
Life motto or favorite quote?
“Decide what you want. Declare it to the world. See yourself winning. And remember that if you are persistent as well as patient, you can get whatever you seek.” -Misty Copeland
Anything else you want to share? Perhaps a project you’re currently working on or something valuable that you learned from an experience?
This summer I’ve been doing research on the biochemistry of patients with autism and those with schizophrenia at Mensah Medical. They are truly the future of medicine by analyzing and correcting specific biochemical imbalances that cause behavioral, learning, and psychological disorders. I’ve been exposed to a different aspect of medicine with using nutrients for treatments rather than pharmaceutical drugs. You can find me on Instagram @hope_horn or @hope2befit (my fitness account)!