Luckily due to some bad outcomes this semester, this blog post is my last assignment! Yes! Let’s celebrate! Just kidding. In reflection of this semester there are some things I wish I knew initially. In the beginning of the semester people throw a million tips and pointers for the year that sometimes don’t stick because they can all be overwhelming at one time. This semester out of the three here so far here at the university has kicked my you know what the most. It has me like this internally:
If I could travel back in time I would tell myself to GO TO OFFICE HOURS. I was always intimidated until I realized how laid back most of them are, especially if they are with your GSI in the SLC. I ask the simplest questions and they ended up walking through the entire question or worked to find the solutions. If I would have gone first semester maybe I would have learned and did better, but hey we live and learn. I’m ready to tackle sophomore year now…
It’s been good HSSP.
I first want to start out to say that the opioid and recovery topics bring me back to House MD, which has to be my favorite TV drama that has to do with medicine. However, in regards to class this week it was interesting to hear from people who deal with this issue and are still in college pursuing on. Though I agree with most issues or develop a personal opinion after class each week, with this one I am still indecisive (but that’s something I could rant about in more than one blog post). In regards to personal action I think the first effective step is to not avoid the issue and to acknowledge that it exists. People do forget that their opinion and support can affect the way someone feels about themselves and their situations and what we say can just make emotions worse. I think in future if more knowledge or sessions come offered about patients in recovery I could take advantage, but I do not plan to go any further voluntarily or proactively into the issue. Again that is my personal opinion — I would take actions to an extent and hopefully you would too.
Also, David in class did tell us that in his day he will see his fellow recovery friends within almost every 5 minutes here in Ann Arbor. I think we forget that we encounter these people daily and that we do not know anyone’s story just by looking at them necessarily. This also brings me back to MTV show “If You Really Knew Me,” for if you didn’t know it is about when students and figures express the sad but true realities of their lives. My high school did this event every year and it really makes you stop and reflect and realize how selfish our problems are. Someone always has it worse. Yes Bio 172 is thrashing me like Hulk did to Loki, but at least I don’t have to be labeled as a student in recovery. Though if I did have that label, which isn’t impossible, I would embrace it because it would be apart of me. I do think that you and all people should remember that when things don’t seem okay, or it is the worst day ever (I’m having those more than often now). These are the steps I take daily, I hope maybe you do too even if it is a mindset you carry temporarily. Do you agree that it takes personal reflection? Is it more complicated than that to you is so, why?
This semester really taught me how to have an open opinion and how to remember that nothing is set in stone. A lot of what I had previously believed and thought about health care and different majors was definitely tested, but it overall helped me grow to start off college. I thought that you had to major in a science in order to get into med school and I thought the only way to help people was through being a doctor. I was exposed to health disparities, the falsehood of those myths and even the field of Public Health. Now I am heavily considering those paths I am really excited to know that there is more hope than I thought there was. I also was really pleasantly surprised to learn about Holistic review. I was able to gain new perspective that I think a lot of my premed friends who are not in HSSP haven’t got the opportunity to learn yet. I am really proud of myself for expanding my view point and also for heavily considering backup degrees.
Next semester I want to work on honing in and not only doing my best to get the observations I want, but to also be more timely. I need to take more time to make sure that I am scheduling when I need to get things done instead of procrastinating. I also want to have more faith in myself and knowing that I can achieve. When I opened the letter I had thought of how much of a different place I was at and looking at how things have changed. There are friends I no longer call friends and classes that I am actually doing well in that I didn’t think I would. I need to have more confidence in my academics in order to push on next semester.
Before Thursday’s class I had already been given a lot of education on a lot of what was presented. I found it interesting that it had been brought up again. My parents always hear my rants on the need and struggle to reform the health care system. I feel as though the biggest struggle that was presented through the videos and the history would be the conflict of opposing ideas. I do not know about all of you, but no matter what you believe there is going to be someone out there that does not agree. I thought there were great ideas from some politicians that were shot down by groups of the opposing political party. I think that is seen a lot with the candidates today. Our generation will be one of the most politically involved, which is nothing bad at all. I hope everyone learned more and that everyone develops their own opinions whether they are the same or not.
I believe that the biggest failure we have in health care reform is our ambition. We Americans can get caught up in what we want and our minds can go a hundred miles per hour with our great ideas. Sometimes there needs to be smaller steps in order to reach a bigger goal. Maybe the opposing party in Congress would be more willing to pass laws that were slower in their progression. Nobody wants to jump right in to health care that is socialized. I would say that the biggest failure would have to be during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Of course there were several other attempts, but a card that guarantees health care to all definitely had a red flag to the Republicans. There was less advocating for how it would be achieved and once it was given to Hillary Clinton the issue died off again. There was a lot of follow through to an end goal due to other issues or the fact that it was no longer the presidents time in office.
Though the struggle for reform has been a long one with many failures, there has been recent success. “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act would have to be the biggest success. Yes, a lot of you read this and may believe “how do you believe that?” There are faults in the act, but the fact that it has been published is the biggest success in any reform. The fact that there is any change in the first place is something to be thankful for. Now that it is actually a part of the system now, it can be changed and altered. There isn’t a need to draw up anything from scratch and to continue such a long process once again. I think it’s pretty significant that we are living through this because just as it was said in class, it has been a very long process.