Failure is bad. It means you failed to achieve your goals, and society does not tolerate failure. Now as college students, failure is detrimental to our plans to become healthcare professionals. However, listening to the stories of past HSSP members, I realized I was wrong.
One of my favorite messages that I got out of this lecture was that failure isn’t always bad; it is only bad if you let it be bad. Many students come to the University of Michigan with plans to become doctors, nurses, engineers, writers, musicians, and many more, and some of them are scared to venture out of their comfort zone to explore classes or events that they are unfamiliar with, including myself. Reginald Hammond’s pre-health myth: “You are a failure if you do not stick to the plan that you had prior to attending college” surprised me because it is sometimes very hard for someone to change paths after they have decided on their goals. However, Reginald’s advice made me become aware of the fact it is vital that we give ourselves time to sit back, reflect on our personal experiences, and ask: do you like what you are doing, are you happy with where you are?
This taught me that life is not always going to go my way, but I have to deal with whatever is thrown my way: good or bad. I need to make sure that I have meaningful experiences during my college and pre-health journey. I won’t join a club just because my resume will look better. I won’t be afraid to change my ways if I feel that I am not happy with my experiences. I will be brave and take risks to achieve what I am most passionate about and make my life rich with valuable experiences where I can one day look back on and not regret.
These were significant messages that I got out of the lecture. What were yours?