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Freshman Year

Freshman Year

During my first years of college I learned quite a few things. However, many of the things I learned were learned outside of the classroom.

When I came to college, one challenge I faced was that I thought I had to do one specific thing, and that if I did anything else I would be a failure. However, I have came to realize that I no longer wanted to pursue what I had originally thought I would. Through this long and stressful process I learned that it is okay to change your mind. Even if some people choose to think less of you for not going down the career path you originally intended, what they think about you is not nearly as important as making sure that you end up doing something that you love for the rest of your life. As my dad frequently says, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

If I could go back and talk to myself at the beginning of my freshman year, I would tell myself to be more open minded to different areas of study and differing viewpoints. There is so much opportunity on this campus to find your passion and explore your interests and it would truly be a shame to not use all the resources that are available here to find your passion.

-Noah Barry 🙂

Collegiate Recovery Panel

Collegiate Recovery Panel

Addiction is a major public health problem worldwide. As future healthcare professionals I believe that it is very important to destigmatize addiction and recovery. Addiction is a disease and should not be treated as if it is anything else. As such, when encountering a patient that is suffering from addiction, they should be given the same quality of care and level of compassion that one would give to any other patient suffering from a chronic brain disease.

Outside the realm of medicine, I am certain that most of us have been affected by addiction in one way or another through people we know and care about. In my opinion, the best way that we can help those who suffer from addiction is through loving and encouraging them; but not to enable them. It is very difficult to overcome addiction and even harder to do so without anyone else on your side so having a solid support system is key. When interacting with people on campus or in our communities who suffer from addiction it is important to understand that we likely cannot relate to what they are going through.

Furthermore, we live in a culture that glorifies the use of alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol is consumed in many business interactions and can cause difficult and uncomfortable situations for people that struggle with addiction and substance abuse. This system should change and accommodate in some way for those who choose not to partake in the consumption of alcohol.

My question to you all is: What are the best ways to be supportive of those who are suffering from addiction?

Semester in Review

Semester in Review

When I started college I was mostly concerned about academic things. I wanted to know what I could do to get a good GPA and was willing to do whatever I could to make it happen. However, I realized that there is much more to college than just classes. College is every bit as much about personal and professional growth as it is about academic success.

When I came to college, like most people, I pretty much had to leave behind everything that I had known up till that point. Though I knew a few people from my town that were coming here, I was the only person from my school. Thankfully I have been able to adjust fairly well. When I read my “letter to myself”, I realized that I have actually followed most of the advice that I gave myself. The only thing that I did not do consistently well was getting enough sleep (lol).

I have been able to form many meaningful relationships here at Michigan in and out of HSSP that have made my adjustment to college easier than I would have ever thought. When I think about this first semester, I feel like barely any time has gone by. However, I have realized that I have changed immensely in the last few months. As I look towards the future, I am excited to see how I will further be able to learn and grow during my next 7 semesters at the university of Michigan.

-Noah Barry 🙂

pre-health beyond the numbers

pre-health beyond the numbers

When I came to the University of Michigan, I did not really know what to expect. I went to a small private school with a graduating class of 16. Because my school was so small, there were no advanced classes for me to take in high school. I knew that I would be challenged throughout my time at Michigan but I did not know what that would look like since I was never challenged in high school. After I started my first semester, I started feeling discouraged. I knew I wanted to go to medical school after college but I did not think that would be possible if I did not do exceptionally well during my first semester.

During the panel in last Thursday’s lecture, I learned that even if I were to fail a class I could still be able to go to medical school. I had already heard that medical schools practice holistic review but I didn’t really believe it. It was very refreshing to hear that some of the graduates that were on the panel had either failed a class or received a poor grade and were still able to be successful. However, it is important to make sure that you are able to learn something from your failures and move on.

Looking towards the future, I know that I will be challenged in many ways along my journey. I hope to be able to find things that I am passionate about to study and to be involved in, instead of trying to make myself into a perfect, cookie-cutter medical school applicant with perfect grades and MCAT score. My question to you, my fellow HSSPer, is “what are you passionate about and how do you plan on being successful at Michigan outside of the classroom?”