I loved my first year at the University of Michigan. I made so many amazing friends. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it through a whole summer away from this university. As great as my first year was, I did have some struggles. The biggest challenge I faced was balancing my work, my social life, and my sleep. It was definitely hard to juggle these three things, especially since this was the first time in my life I have had so much independence. I would often not do my work to play euchre or watch Game of Thrones. I overcame this challenge after a lot of thought. I decided that my work had to come first. What I decided to do was do my work every chance I got whether that was between classes or after classes. Then when I wanted a break I would let my social life take over. I would go throw a frisbee with friends or play football or ping pong. I made it a goal to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, but that didn’t always happen. I ended up doing better on all of my work, and I felt as if my stress level was much lower than it was before. If I could travel back to the beginning of my freshman year I would tell myself that you only get one first year, make the most of it. Ann arbor is an amazing city with so many great opportunities to explore. I feel like I did a lot but I would’ve loved to explore more events on this campus and in this city. I’m so thankful that I was apart of an amazing community like HSSP, because I have no doubt that my first year was this amazing because of the community that I now consider another home.
This past semester has been an amazing for me. I’ve gone through a huge change both personally and professionally, and a large part in this change has been HSSP, and the people in it. One huge way I’ve changed personally is I’ve become much more social than I was in high school. I was always that shy socially awkward kid in high school, and since I’ve been here I’ve been way more outgoing and I’ve made so many new friends. Professionally I think I’ve gotten a better idea, and I’ve learned a great deal about the career I’m pursuing and what it takes to be successful in college. I think I’m most proud of two things. One that I’ve become more outgoing, and this has led me to meeting so many great people, and making so many new friends. And two that I did alright my first semester. Everyone says that the first semester is the hardest because of the adjustment period. Both of these things were in my letter to myself. One of my goals was to survive the first semester with a decent GPA, and I think I’ve done that. And the other goal was to meet new people, and get new friends. I did this better than I thought I’d ever be able to. I’m looking forward to the upcoming semester, and the rest of my college experience here at the University of Michigan.
President Obama’s JAMA article was really interesting. One of the biggest things that surprised me was the amount the uninsured rate dropped, it also surprised me how large the uninsured rate was to begin with. According to the article, the uninsured rate was approximately 43%, it dropped to approximately 16% in 2010, and finally all the way down to approximately 9.1% in 2015. That’s a drop of almost 34%. That is very surprising to me. I knew the Affordable Care Act would have a large impact on the population, but I didn’t realize it was that big. I also never realized that before the Affordable Care Act 43% of our nation was uninsured. I never knew it was so common for people not to have health insurance.
This years election is very important. The candidates are obviously Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton. They have very different plans for the direction of health care. Trump’s main plan is to repeal and replace the Affordable care act. This worries me a lot because of how much the Affordable Care Act has done for the American people. Plus his idea of just replacing it is very unlikely to happen. We’ve already seen how long it takes for something like this to pass. If we were to get rid of the one we have now who knows when the next one would come? On the other hand, Clinton’s plan involves keeping the Affordable Care Act. Her plan doesn’t worry me as much because she’s keeping what is already in place and she’s trying to expand it to make it better.
Two improvements that I believe need to be made to the health care system are, making health care plans affordable for everyone, and making health care plans accepted everywhere. We should make it possible for everyone to have health insurance, whether that means making lower costing plans, or providing help to make plans more affordable. And it shouldn’t matter what plan you have, as long as you have a plan you should be accepted everywhere.