My freshman year has been filled with several different experiences that I definitely enjoyed. I met so many people along the way and they made my experience even better. There were several challenges I encountered, one was adjusting to the work load of the science classes. I eventually got the hang of it, but that process was very stressful and actually was longer than I expected. I am so use to to getting things right away, that is why it started to become very stressful. I needed to experience that in order to know how to deal with that in my later courses. Overall I enjoyed my freshman year and I am actually sad to leave for the summer.
If I could travel back to the beginning of my freshman year I would tell myself to stay focused, experience more things and join more organizations. Although I was focused I still do not think I was as focused as I could have been. You live and you learn.
This week in class we touched on major instances of medical abuse in the 20th and 21st Century. The cases that we covered in class was both shocking and interesting in my opinion. Some of the cases we discussed I was very familiar with, but the others I didn’t know much about. I was in awe when I saw that in these cases hundreds of people died and they did not make a big deal about it, like it was normal. I believe they reacted this way because they felt they were doing something good, but they were really causing a lot of harm to people at the end of the day. They felt this way because at this point their studies and results meant more to them than people’s lives. Their main focus was to make history and make a difference, but they approached this situation completely the wrong way.
In the future as I become closer to accomplishing my goal in becoming a doctor I will make sure I do not perpetuate these thoughts and actions by finding a balance between my study and my participants. I will make sure my study is something I am passionate about, but I will make sure that the participants are not being harmed and they will know everything they will encounter during the study. It is important that we discuss these topics because several individuals aren’t knowledgeable about what has happened during these studies or in history period. Therefore, if you don’t know about these cases then you are at risk of making the same mistake that they made. Rather the events in history were good or bad we must learn how to appreciate how they have shaped, and continue to influence, the health care system that we work in today!
I have changed drastically personally and professionally this semester. I realized that being a perfectionist will sometimes hinder me from doing the things I want to do because I don’t want to make a mistake. I had to remember that making mistakes are okay as long as I learn from them in the end and try not to make them over again. I have learned my limits and gotten to know myself a little better. I know what I am okay with and I know what I am not okay with. I am proud that I have gotten to know myself and I met several new people along the way. I now know what classes I want to take and what classes I don’t want to take. This semester I want to improve on my grades and be more involved in my organizations. Looking back at my letter I saw that I still have high expectations for myself, but I just did not meet them this semester. Next semester I will because I am more focus and I now know what to expect.
It is very important to know your purpose in life. Knowing your purpose in life will keep you from giving up because you know why you are doing the things you are doing. In my opinion you could have more than one purpose in life. My main purpose in life is to follow my passion and to do what I love to do no matter what one may say. Since I love helping, being around and working with children I plan to make a vast difference in their lives by making sure they’re physically and mentally healthy. Becoming a successful pediatrician will allow me to fulfill my main purpose in life because it’s one of my passions and something I feel like I would love to do. When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose and I feel like that is the purpose of life. When you feel disconnected from your life, you tend to lack purpose and passion. I will maintain my purpose in life by staying true to myself and my religion.
I tend to not use excuses in my life or I try not to. A common excuse I may have is, “Oh, I’ll do that later.” I don’t use that excuse often because I know it will only hinder me in the long run and stop me from accomplishing my goals. I have always been taught that “excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.” I want to work toward my dreams and goals so I can be able to have several opportunities and not have excuses be the reason that I don’t accomplish them.
When Larry finishes his talk with the word “unless” I believe he meant to give the audience an opportunity to dig deep within themselves to find out what their purpose is. He wanted us to try to figure out what our true values and goals were so we would be able to figure out our purpose in life because “life without purpose isn’t worth examining.” Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not?