It still has not fully hit me that I only have one week left before my Freshman year of college officially ends. My first year of college has presented to me many ups and downs, but I have grown so much as a person because of the experience. However, if I could travel back the beginning of my freshman year, I would tell myself to not be afraid to venture out of my comfort zone more to explore the different options and opportunities that the University of Michigan has to offer me. The one thing that frightens me the most is the fact that I have not decided what career I want to pursue. I desperately want to picture myself in the future doing something that I love, something that will make me excited to wake up to every day, and be happy with the experience that I will have. But I can’t. Not right now, and the blur of my future scares me. A lot. I keep feeling like I am running out of time while my peers seem like they have their paths all figured out or at least have a goal they can work towards. Hopefully, I can discover my passion soon, but as of right now, I will keep trying new things to see what I love.
With the hook-up culture in the United States, it is not hard for sexually transmitted diseases to spread from one individual to another. Without education on sexual health, many people would be or is already in high risk of being infected, and it is important that sexual education is provided to prevent further infections to spread. During lecture, I was surprised to find out that the sexual education that everyone received were different. My sexual education in high school consisted of my General Health teacher saying that we were going to learn about sex, and he proceeded to show us a video called “The Miracle of Life” that showed the conception of a baby and that actual process of childbirth, which was terrifying for me to watch as a freshman in high school. Listening to some of the advantageous and informative sexual education that some of my peers received made me wish that I had received the same education as well. To improve sexual health, I believe that students should be taught unbiased ways to protect themselves during sex instead of encouraging only abstinence. Abstinence may delay the transmission of STDs, but without proper education, people can still be in risk of infections later in life. Do you think that sexual education need to be standardized to improve sexual health? What other methods do you guys think will benefit and improve sexual health?
It is evident how nervous and anxious I was during the first week of college when I read the letter I wrote to myself. I came in with a lot of worries that I was not going to achieve the dreams I had because I kept doubting myself. I didn’t know if I was going to love this university or enjoy my time here. However, I fell in love with this school. I fell in love with the campus, the diversity, the town, and HSSP. As a first generation college student and immigrant, I didn’t really know how college worked. However, I am very proud that I conquered my fears and allowed myself to become more open-minded and more motivated than I was before. The reason I wanted to be in HSSP was because I knew I wanted to work in a healthcare setting but I didn’t what I wanted to do. UC105 definitely broaden my knowledge on healthcare and opened my eyes to things that I have never considered before such as the opioid epidemic, health disparities in the LGBTQ community, unconscious bias, and etc. To be honest, I feel more unsure of what I want to do in the healthcare career field than I did before , but it is a good thing because it motivates me to want to explore more into healthcare to really find out what I am passionate about. In the letter, I told myself to put myself out of my comfort zone more, and I feel like I have. Although I am still not where I need to be, I am grateful for the things that I have learned and for the things that I have achieved so far in my first semester of college.
Next semester, I want to improve my study habits and get less distracted, get out of my comfort zone more to explore things I am unfamiliar with, get more involved with clubs, do more volunteering, have healthy eating habits, take good care of myself, and most importantly of all, enjoy the time I have at UMich.
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?