Over the semester, I’ve found myself becoming more and more extroverted, working out more, and my face becoming colder and colder as I head outside each week. Overall I’m most proud of myself for maintaining my fitness and also proving to myself that I am ready for the college life. In my letter I told myself that I wanted to work as hard as I can in each of my classes, which I at first faltered at doing but quickly recovered and put forth my best foot in everything I’m doing, which is another thing I’m proud of. Next semester I would like to improve my timeliness by working more ahead of the deadlines that are presented to me and keeping a more organized calendar (ironically, this post is late. Shhhhh.). Additionally, after cleaning my room today, I would like to keep my standard of cleanliness higher than it has been these past few months.
Another thing that I mentioned in my letter was joining some clubs that I found interesting, and I’m happy to say that I’ve found FIMRC, which is the foundation for international medical relief for children. Next semester I plan on being much more active than I have been, and I’m excited to see where it takes me. Additionally there is the Michigan Beats Club, where I’ve been learning more about sound production and how to take my compositional skills to the next level. Overall I’m very happy how my first semester has gone, and am excited for next semester as well.
Surviving my first semester at the University of Michigan has been a rollarcoaster, but I feel that it has truly built me into a stronger person and a better student. The rigor here is significant and that has a real impact on me at the beginning, but it quickly made me more resilient. I learned new study habits and what it really takes to be successful here. Professionally, I have been profoundly reassured by my observation opportunities. Being around Pediatricians solidified my ultimate goal of becoming one myself. Working with both Dr. Hornyak and Dr. VanRiper were amazing experiences and I found myself being completely happy every second I was observing; always leaving with a phone call to my mom saying, “I WANT TO BE A PEDIATRICIAN”.
In my letter to myself I wrote about the importance of time management and that I had a goal to stop procrastinating. I think that living at school really pushed me to be better about procrastinating less, but it is still something I could definitely get better at. I also wrote about being a more well-rounded person by exercising often and having a blooming social life. In retrospect I find it a little funny that I thought I would have this large amount of free time. Next semester I hope to be able to balance school and the rest of my life a little better, so I can actually find time to work out and spend more time with friends.
Coming into this semester unlike many if any of my fellow HSSPers, this was my second semester at the University of Michigan. I was one of few people to be here for a summer term before I was technically a freshman in a sense. The reason for me taking this summer term was in order for it being easier for me to matriculate into the University of Michigan and was one of the reasons I was able to get in. During my summer term and starting this semester, I knew that one of my problems was how antisocial I was and I touched on that in my letter to myself. I think that I definitely made strides for improvement in my social interaction since coming here. Although I did not have a huge social change from HSSP I really grew with the joining of the rugby team. In my letter to myself I talked about using all the resources available to me in order to assure my academic success. While I did use a lot of the resources available I think that I can still do better and my grade will benefit from this. Although this isnt connected with HSSP the thing I am most proud of this year is being able to join our rugby team and be one of the 3 out of 40 freshman to start at the division 1 level.
Over the course of my first semester at Michigan, I have grown so much more than I could have ever imagined. I went to my interviews and nailed them, got a job and a promotion at work within just a few months. I successfully introduced myself to the head of the Athletic Training program and received permission to take those courses. What I’m most proud of, is coming into an entirely new environment and being able to integrate well, make lots of great friends, and being part of a school that creates such an incredible and friendly atmosphere. Next semester the workload for me is going to be much heavier and I’m going to have more shifts at work due to being a coordinator, but I’m actually excited to be challenged! One of the reasons I love it here so much is that I’m pushed to work hard and take charge of my life, something that is going to seriously benefit me down the road. I’m going to enjoy my winter break, but I’ll also be preparing to tackle this next semester head on. Upon reading my letter, the one thing that stuck out to me was the fact that I had not made and really good friends yet and I was anxious about what the future held for me socially. Now I look at the friend group in front of me, all the memories we’ve already made, and knowing that these are going to be the friendships that last a lifetime. Overall, I have to say that this has been a pretty fantastic semester, and I’m looking forward to many more ahead of me!
It is hard to imagine that I am one week away from finishing my first semester here at Michigan. My life has changed drastically, and in ways I never thought imaginable. For example, before coming to campus, I never even considered joining a church or doing anything spiritual. But through some weird coincidences, I have reaffirmed my faith through New Life and it still is weird for me to think that I am voluntarily going to church now, whereas before, I dreaded even the thought of it. I mentioned in the letter I wrote to myself that I wanted to start meditating again and track the effects of it on my life. While this form of spiritual growth that occurred was not what I had in mind, it has impacted my life in countless ways and the relationships I have developed within the church have led to the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had on this campus thus far.
Before coming to Michigan, I had no clear direction for my career goals. But through all the exposure guest speakers and information sessions on health care and public health, I believe that I will pursue an undergraduate major in Movement Science and a master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences.
Though quitting is usually seen as a failure, my proudest moment this semester was when I quit rowing. I had to seriously reconsider my priorities in life and analyze what I valued most. It was possibly the hardest decision I have ever had to make before, but my quitting this sport, I am now able to prioritize my schoolwork, relationships in HSSP, and my faith as most important now.
While I have definitely learned a lot about time management this semester, next semester, I want to utilize my time more efficiently. I have learned which ways of studying work and don’t work for me, but I have a really bad habit of procrastinating. If I don’t have a close deadline hovering over my head, I can rarely find the motivation to do the work. As is evident with the timestamp of this blog post. However, I think this method of trial and error or study habits is something I will just have to learn through experience, and mostly failures.
Personally, I have changed drastically this semester. In my letter to myself, I stated how introverted I was, and how I was scared that I wasn’t going to make friends. By the end of this semester, my personality has totally flipped. I am one of the most extroverted people I know now. I have made tons of friends and now have support that I didn’t have in high school. Professionally, I have also changed a lot. When coming into college, I didn’t know what pre-health track I wanted to take. I was conflicted between obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, and dentistry After the observation at the OBGYN and the dental school, I solidified my decision to go into dentistry. I am most proud of my perseverance through a rough patch in my life that happened while in my first semester here at U of M. I stayed motivated and didn’t let the challenge in my life slow me down. I want to improve my time management. I became stressed at the end of the semester because I procrastinated and left everything to the end. Other than that, I am very happy with how this semester has turned out.
I grew so much as an individual since the beginning of the semester. Personally, I feel more confident and motivated to continue to pursue the pre-dental track that I am on. I am most proud about the dental observation that I attended. The observation was in a dental lab course and speaking to the dental students I learned a lot about what the field is like. I also grew more interested in becoming a dentist after noticing how much hands-on skills are required. Furthermore, listening to many professional speakers during UC lectures and attending professional autobiographies has taught me a lot about what it means to be a professional. In my “Letter to Yourself”, I wrote a lot of motivational phrases to myself. I told myself to “do you” and to not be afraid to try new things. Reflecting on the semester I feel like I have tried many new things and I got myself involved in multiple organizations. Next semester, I hope to work more on finding time for myself to go to the CCRB or relax instead of always studying.
It’s hard to believe that this semester is coming to a close, though so much has happened since we all moved in this past August. As I reflect upon these last three and a half months a few particular experiences stand out to me. The first of these was my experience throughout general chemistry. Entering into fall semester, I was still toying with the idea of pursuing an MD/MPH dual degree. After taking the intro chemistry class, I realized that I had no real interest in the hard science of medicine. The observations that I took part in as a part of UC 105 reaffirmed this as well, since I had a hard time imagining myself working in a clinical setting like the ones I got to visit.
While these experiences discouraged me from continuing on a path towards medicine, several things were pushing me more and more towards public health. The most influential of these has been my experience in UROP. Currently, I’m working on a project at the School of Public Health, focusing on how gender norms and expectations affect modern contraceptive use in rural Niger. I am very thankful and very proud of this experience. It is still kind of unbelievable to me that I have the chance to work in my chosen field in my very first semester here at the University of Michigan. This coming summer, I look forward to building upon what I’ve learned in this project when I go to Uganda to volunteer at an orphanage, caring for displaced and disabled children.
The last, and most impactful experience of my first semester has most definitely been being a part of the HSSP community. Being a part of this community has helped me to become a stronger and more confident person, and has given me the opportunity to build relationships that will last for years to come. As I look towards next semester, I hope to continue building these relationships and continue to pursue my passion for public health in both my academics and extracurricular activities.
A ton has changed for me over the course of this semester. I feel as though I have matured and grown immensely since the first day of moving in. I have faced my share of struggles this semester, but in the end I am thankful for every single experience I have had. I am proud of myself for adjusting to living on my own and venturing outside my comfort bubble this semester. I am also proud of how well I did in the majority of my classes thus far. As I wished for myself in my letter from the beginning of the year I stayed up to date on my assignments for the most part and kept my schoolwork organized. What I want to work on is taking care of myself. I severely lacked in taking care of my physical, emotional, and mental well being. I did not keep up on workouts or eat the best this semester. My goal is to overcome this problem and to learn better healthy behaviors. As far as my emotional health goes I need to overcome my timidness and socialize more. Most of my problem with socializing comes from my poor mental state. I was not caring for my anxiety and I put myself in unnecessarily stressful situations. College is tough, but facing adversity this first semester has shown me how I need to change my lifestyle. I feel better prepared to balance every aspect of my life and I am ready to tackle the second semester head on.
I feel like I have changed for the better in the first semester of UC 105. one major difference that I have noticed about myself is being open to all of the different subdivisions in the health care field. For example, I never really had thoughts of becoming a dentist but the last professional autobiography that listened to made me think differently about it. My views on what I want to become has not changed but I do like how I have learned how it takes a team of doctors to treat a patient. I learned the true definition of a team and it is really eye-opening that people automatically want to be in competition when it is not always necessary. The Bryson that I was in the beginning of the semester would ask another first-year HSSP student what type of doctor they would want to be and would not understand why they would want to be that. There are more factors that tie into play than just money or the amount of schooling it takes to start getting paid on salary. Moving forward I hope to see more changes in the way I view things because change is good. Something I want to improve for next semester is to be constant on these blog posts