Now that I have completed my first year of college, I can say that I have learned a lot about myself, but I can also say that I am extremely proud of the accomplishments I have gained. I’ve learned that it is perfectly fine to change your mind and change it again and again. I came to college with a specific mindset and at first I was very distort with the thought of that idea changing; however, now that I have reached the end of the year, I now know that that change will be for the better and I will be much happier in the end. I made friends that I know I will be around for a long time while also learning the meaning of loyalty and friendship.
If I could talk to myself at the beginning of the year, I would simply say be patient. I would say this because in the beginning I was quick to find answers and didn’t allow the answers to find me and that caused a lot of stress that I encounter. The last thing I would also tell myself is that saying No is much easier than saying Yes. Overall, I wouldn’t change my first year for the world!
A lot of people pose the fact that health care professionals should follow the needs of their patients and their patients family and I agree with to an extent. In my opinion, I think health care professional should be able to refuse to give medical treatment to their patients when the outcome is not beneficial. I believe this because all health professionals have been trained to know the extent to which their procedure can help or kill their patients; therefore, they know if the work the family wants done is worth it. On many occasions, I believe that many health care professionals will do whatever needs to be done to save their patients, but they also know when enough is enough. Although I feel like I would want everything possible to be done for the one I love, I would have to take into consideration that the procedure may not change the overall outcome and the doctors time could be used more efficiently on another patient. In certain situations, I think the family should be able to chose; however, the health care professional has to believe the outcome will result positively.
Overall, I am extremely proud of myself. I have gone through some struggles that I didn’t know I would encounter and I have grown successfully from them. My first semester was a little bit of a culture shock. I had to learn to do what was best for me and I made some mistakes but I also jumped out of my comfort zone and did a wide variety of thing. This first semester may not have went exactly the way I wanted, but it was exactly what I needed to be prepared for the rest of my semesters at the University of Michigan. This first semester taught me how study and what situations to go forward with and what situations are not the best option for me and I am proud that I am so close to completing it and I would not have asked for a different first semester.Next semester, I would like to work on my study habits. I like how I have done this year, but I can definitely do better. I also want to take advantage of more opportunities on campus. For example, I can go see more activities that are offered on campus like musicals and plays. I still want to continue and explore different occupations in the medical field to determine what I would like to do in the future. I want to take advantage of more shadowing opportunities at Motts Hospital. My UROP mentor is a doctor there and is really excited about exposing me to different occupations so I want to take advantage of that. So next semester, I cannot wait to take advantage of all the things provided to me and learn for the different things I will face.
I understand that death can come at any moment whether we our at terms with it or not. Therefore, when I die I don’t have to be known by a numerous amount of people I may never meet, but rather I want to be known as a joyous person to the people I spend the most time with. I want my life impacts on those who mean the most to me. I believe once a person determine who they are truly meant to be and fully understand their purpose in this world they can decide what they want their legacy to be. So as I continue to grow and my values continue to expand, I will truly be able to articulate what I want my legacy to be.
However, until then, I want people to know that I was an adventurous person that loved to laugh and was searching for her real purpose in the world and once I figure it out I will embody it to the best of my ability. I want to die knowing that I was someone I would want to look up to.