This year I learned that you should always follow your dreams. I had to over come what I thought my parents wanted for me. I overcam my fear of following my heart through prayer. I want to tell other hsspers to follow their first mind. To live for today and not tomorrow nor others.
While attending lecture I was not surprised by any of the different types of research methods. I was not shocked by this information because not only am I apart of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, but I have also taken the course known as Psychology 111. F0r those who are unfamiliar with either UROP or Psychology 111 they both look at and include having some knowledge in research. The only information that I felt was confusing and I somewhat considered to be unethical, was exposing participants to certain variables that might cause harm. As of now, I dislike doing research, thus when I look towards the future I don’t see myself conducting research. However, I do see myself as being an observer and someone who applies the research others have done. The idea of being behind a laptop and entering data does not excite me, yet the social side of research does.
As I reflect upon this semester, I realized that I could have lived it differently. For those who went to Adams PA you know about the feeling you get when you go from begin at the top and then straight to the bottom. You start to feel like you don’t belong. Well, for me I had the feeling of not belonged at Michigan, and no I was not taking organic chemistry, but my grades still reflected something of a horror scene. I’ve never until Michigan gotten anything lower than a b-. English 125 kicked my ass and I can say that I’m most proud of my last essay. Not only did I receive a high b on this past essay, but I earned my professors respect. She could see that I worked my ass off and it came through in my writing. As I look back at the letter I wrote to myself I can see that for the future all I need to do is try my hardest. Although, it might sound cliche, its the motto I shall live by.
One thing that surprised me during this weeks panel discussion was the fact that receiving a c in a class will not break you. I don’t know if anyone else was shocked by that statement, but I was. I was shocked because as a kid I was always told that a c is a d and that a b is a c, so you are only allowed to bring home an a. Lets just say after talking to my father that rule in our house hold has since dropped, since I’m now that I’m at the University of Michigan. I will try to be a little more lenient on myself when it comes to grades especially if I know that I’m doing all that I can. Another thing that I found to be a revaluation was the idea of taking a gap year. While in high school I couldn’t image taking time off. Yet, now that I’m here at college I understand why a little break can be needed. Have you ever felted like your trying to accomplish a dream that’s not your own? I have when it comes to becoming a doctor just as some of the panel members stated.