The idea of dropping hints to pre-freshman year me is a little strange, for I am a firm believer that things are best figured out on our own. The best way we can grow as people is by learning through experience and self-reflection. That being said, if I could tell beginning of freshman year me anything, it would be to look for people that you love to spend time with. I feel like at the beginning of college everyone is desperately looking for friends, and a lot of the time they end up with a crowd that they don’t particularly like. That was my situation at the beginning of the semester. I met a few guys at a football game and all of the sudden convinced myself that I had to be best friends with them for the rest of college. While they were nice people and they were friendly, I wasn’t exactly enjoying myself as much as I know I could’ve been. As the year has progressed, I’ve gotten more and more comfortable in my own skin hanging out with people that I actually care about. I met those people through random conversation in the hall or the game room downstairs. It was there that I got to decide if I wanted to be friends with people of not and was allowed to dictate who I hung out with, rather than forcing myself to spend time with people I met first. It took me a few months to realize this. In those first few months, while I enjoyed going to school here and going to football games, I hadn’t found my place. The longer I remained complacent, the more lonely I felt. While I appreciate those guys for the time we spent together and being friendly, hanging out with them taught me my most important lesson of freshman year. I learned not to change myself because it suited the people I was friends with. Rather, find friends that you can be yourself around, and don’t settle at the beginning of the year.
The main thing that surprised me from this lecture was the depth or research. I knew research was very detail-oriented and took a lot of work. However, after the lecture on Thursday I learned that there is a lot more substance to research studies. I always pictured research as very simple and boring. That being said, Thursday’s lecture made me more intrigued by research, for there are many methods one can use to do research. In addition, there are different kinds of research which differ in depth.
I’m not exactly how research will fit into my career, for I have yet to figure out what my career will be. I don’t picture myself doing a lot of research during my career. While there will be some instances in which I have to conduct my own research, I feel like much of the basis for my work will come from other people’s studies and my own knowledge. Especially if I go into the medical field, I would prefer to do work in practice using proven developed methods rather than researching knew ones.
This semester has taught me a lot about what the college atmosphere is like. We here all about it our senior year from out parents, our siblings, and our teachers, but none of us know how it really feels until we get hear. Being from across the country in a small neighborhood in California, I felt a little out of place at the start of the year. My goal at the beginning of the semester was to find my comfort zone, and to find a group of people I could share memories with. And while that may have taken a little while to develop, I can say that I am happy with my current situation. I feel like I have found my comfort zone and have found a group of people which i can rely upon. But now, there comes the real challenge, and that is finding out what I want to do with my future. While my first semester of college has helped me narrow it down, I can’t help but feel a little lost. I’m not sure if I haven’t found my passion or that I just haven’t realized it yet. Regardless, i look forward to finding it. What college has taught me is also to not get down on yourself. There will be difficulties and bumps in the road, hitting you harder than the grade you received on your last midterm. Sometimes when we feel the worst is when we achieve the most, but we fail to realize it.
I believe that the biggest challenge the United States has faced regarding health care reform is the inability of political parties to cooperate on the issues. Since Truman’s presidency, there has not really been a consistent presence of one party in the white house. Therefore, it has been tough for either party to get anything done. Both parties have insisted that they are for the improvement in health care. For example, George Bush and Barack Obama’s both wanted to reduce healthcare costs. Yet Obama still does not have the support of the republicans in the House of Representatives. If the parties would just be able to agree on certain things then the process wouldn’t become so prolonged.
The biggest failure in United States health care reform has been Clinton’s presidency. While his regime did have many ideas on what to do and how to do it, they got caught up in dreaming a little too big. Clinton’s plan was just a little too liberal for the liking for many people. Many supporters were skeptical that his administration would be able to get everything that it proposed done, along with the fact that his plan was more than scary to the regular conservatives. Allowing the first lady, Hillary Clinton, to be in charge also raised red flags for people. There is no doubt that she is qualified to have such a role, however it could lead some people to believe that he does not want to deal with the issues himself. His plan was looking towards the future, however it was too far reaching and made no progress over the course of 8 years.
I think the biggest success in health care reform was the passage of medicare by the Johnson regime. Initially proposed by Kennedy, medicare is giving health insurance to millions of elderly people to this day. It has been running for about 50 years now, and passed into law much smoother than many other healthcare policies. We would all agree that our old age is where we need insurance the most, for that is when our bodies are the most vulnerable, and it is very difficult for people to continue working at an old age, especially if their job requires anything labor inducing.