William Justice – success from the underground

By: Kierra Bell

“When you see more, you’re able to do more.” William Justice, a Delaware State University student majoring in movement science views his success in a whole new light.

Justice, a 4.0 student is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now lives in Dover, Delaware; he is also the youngest of eight children.

When asked how he balances a 4.0 and continuously apply for internships, scholarships and research opportunities, he mentions, he said it’s his focus. “Focus equals strength, what you focus on the most, you give the most strength. It’s a lot of hours in the day, if I can focus 30 minutes on what’s important, it’s less stress and leaves me extra time for these things. Planning ahead is also important.”

Justice has had the opportunity to intern with the sports medicine team at Delaware State, where he would care for athletic injuries using physical therapy, equipment, techniques, and medication. He was also a teacher at Delaware State’s early learning college, and had the privilege of teaching a ninth grade student leadership class. He has also managed to remain on the President’s List since 2013.

One of his most recent accomplishments was having the opportunity to be an undergraduate research celebratory symposium poster presenter and received the Northeast Regional Institutional Development Award (IDeA) for being the Conference Poster Presenter. He was able to accomplish these things through a specific research opportunity introduced to him from his sister who attended the University of Delaware. During the summer of 2015, he had the opportunity of participating in a biomedical research internship at the University of Delaware.

The internship brought together scholars to participate in the program where students who considered the biomedical research field could get direct experience with what they would be doing on a day to day basis.

“I wanted to get that research experience under my belt, I didn’t know whether or not I wanted to go into the medical field or be involved with research, this experience gave me great field experience and broadened my horizons,” mentioned Justice.

Broaden his horizons is what he did during the summer of 2016 when he had the opportunity to participate in clinical rounds with Johns Hopkins Medicine residents at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. “I conducted research analyzing Airway Complications Post-Lung Transplant. At summer’s end, I presented a poster at the Hopkins C.A.R.E.S. symposium,” said Justice.

These experiences help Justice decided to go to medical school after he graduates with a bachelor of science in 2017. His goal in the future is to go into African American communities and give medical support to those who need it, eventually starting his own practice as a physician and become an orthopedic surgeon for a professional sports team. Justice plans on accomplishing so much more while keeping one thing in mind. “Creating a legacy for my family in becoming the first male to graduate college, and the first to earn a doctorate degree,” Justice said.

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