All of a sudden, the stress is gone. Seven weeks into the Spring Semester, I still have yet to pick up my Psychology textbook from the bookstore, I got a “C” on my first Organic Chemistry II exam (ahem, with a curve), and I have an absolute bounty of Human Anatomy information to review. But despite all of this, everything and anything seems possible.
Since the seventh grade and through my senior year of high school, I had been a straight-A student. [I never even saw an A-.] So, you can imagine that when I received a “D” on an exam my first semester of college, I was practically in tears. (My grade did improve with a curve, but it was still not an “A!”.) However, I am realizing that the “point” of undergraduate school is not to be a 4.0 student. While I still want and plan to be a “good student,” I do not have to be Number One. The point of undergraduate school is to explore. And to learn through exploration. Graduate school, medical school, the work force, etc. are the places to be grounded in coursework or a profession. The exploration has [for the most part] been done. You are ready to focus your brainpower and energy into one area.
So, with that, I am excited to continue my Pre-Med requirements, major in Spanish and not (!) a science, job shadow professionals in the medical field and *hopefully* work with Spanish-speaking immigrants this summer, and do research in a microbiology lab next year. The world is truly at my fingertips.
[P.S. A huge thank you to my dad for putting up with all of my thoughts and new ideas as I continue to discover new things about college and myself. I don’t know what I would do without his guidance!]