My name is Osmara Yanderi Barrios. I was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and lived there for my first four years of life. My parents decided that the best thing was for all of our family to come to the States. At that time it was very difficult to come to the U.S. especially for my mom, who had to carry my one-year-old brother and I. Although our circumstances were difficult, my father never gave up. Brandon (my youngest brother) came into our lives, not knowing he was going to be the greatest impact. He was born with brain damage due to lack of oxygen during labor. Doctors told my family and me that he would only live for 9 months, not knowing they were wrong. Brandon did not give up and 11 years later he proved doctors wrong. Watching him grow up made me who I am today. My dreams, my career, my life is based on him and my desire to help people came from him.
I started my desire to be a doctor because I wanted to find a cure for my brother. I believed that with the love and passion is all it would take to set my brother free from all his disabilities. I joined the army in August 2015. Little did I know that one week after joining my brother would leave our side. My brother means everything to me. I say that in the present tense because there is not one day that goes by that I do not think of him.
Throughout my life, I am slowly growing to become a better person. I have accomplished things I never thought possible. A few of these would be graduating basic training, and graduating from acting and modeling school. A few things that helped me grow were a couple pageants I did (2nd runner-up in Miss Teen Oklahoma Latina 2013 and 1st Runner-up in Senorita Independencia 2013), and community service. When I graduated high school, I received a cord for completing more than 100 community service hours. I loved helping and serving the community. My most recent service was actually a medical trip in Panama. Here we helped many families who had little to no access to medicine or dental health.
Today I go to UCO. I am majoring in Nursing, and soon after I will go to medical school to become a doctor. In my family, I am the first to join the military. I am taking up a big career and I have still many goals to achieve. My family is my motivation to keep going. With Brandon by my side, I know I can do great things. I want to make an impact in this world. When I become a doctor I want to help the kids with disabilities just like my brother. I would love to travel and help the ones that don't have easy access to medicine. I want to teach society to love and respect kids like him. I want to end discrimination, bullying, hatred to all kids with disabilities. I want to do so much more in his memory, and especially because I know he would do the same.