2007-2008 Scholarship Winner – J. Choi, University of California-San Francisco

OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award Logo The winner of the 2007-2008 OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award is J. Choi. Our winner is a graduate student majoring in Medicine at University of California-San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. His answers to the questions were as follows:

If you could trade places with someone for 24 hours, who would it be and why? I would trade places with my evil twin. I don’t really have an evil twin but I always wanted one. But then again, if I were to have a twin, maybe I would be the evil one and the other guy would be the good one? Either way, if I could switch places I would have a totally different personality with the same face and body. Maybe I’d be into different things? It’d be refreshing to see the world from the same set of eyes but from a different, genuine perspective. After 24 hours, I would consume my twin like a giant amoeba and add to my special powers. This is probably why I don’t have a twin.

What is the greatest "life lesson" that you have learned so far in your life? “When in doubt, throw it out.” I’ve gotten myself sick countless times eating sketchy food. I always tell myself, “I didn’t make it this far if my ancestors’ stomachs couldn’t handle a few bugs.” Later, I’m racked in pain and running to the bathroom. I would have made a horrible Neanderthal. My spear throwing skills suck and I don’t have much hair on my body—except this really long hair on my neck. My ancestors would be embarrassed. But don’t worry, I’m bringing sexy back with this one neck hair.

What book, written in the last 200 years, has had the biggest impact on your life? Why do you feel others should read it too? How to Win Friends and Influence People. We’ve all taken irrelevant courses in school. Yet how many of us have taken a course on winning friends and influencing people? Even though it has the lamest title, I think this book is really helpful in helping you deal with people. I thought Carnegie’s early research on who succeeds in life and in their jobs was really interesting. Some of the stuff he says may seem trite, but he backs it up with examples from famous people in history. But I’ve got a little confession to make: I haven’t quite finished the book myself.

About the 2007-2008 Scholarship:

We want to greatly thank all of our participants who made our fifrth scholarship such a success, and wish each and every one of them a most prosperous future. We began accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year on March 7, 2007 and ceased accepting applications at Midnight Eastern Daylight Time on July 31, 2007. The decision of the judges is final.

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