Thursday August 25, 2016

The Other Side of the Spectrum

In the second grade, my teacher took pictures of every student and asked us to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up. As I took the cutout picture of my face from my teacher's hand and glued it above my drawing of a man in a lab coat, there was nothing but a big grin on my face.

Since that day, I wanted to be a chemist. Thus, when May 2014 came and it was time for me to choose my major, of course, I chose Chemistry. 

Fascinated with all the chemical reactions around us, my past success in the sciences, and the drive to make it easier for people like my mother, who suffer from thyroid problems, to take their medicine by synthesizing levothyroxine or antithyroid within dendrimers, (sorry if I lost you there) I thought I had made the right choice. Academically my first year and half started off well but ultimately ended horribly. I jumped into the field not knowing what I wanted to do with it in the future but, I couldn’t leave because I had stuck to this decision for so long. I couldn’t turn back now. This decision was one of the very few consistent things in my life.

With that, I blindly strived, and pushed, and then eventually struggled. It was painful. I had days where I didn’t want to get out of bed. Days where I didn’t want to eat. Until the day I asked myself, “what am I doing?” It was hard but I finally realized that I should take what I love to do and make it my profession—no matter what anyone else says. It was from then that I made the switch to English. And since then, there’s been an even bigger grin on my face; a more genuine one.

My whole spiel was basically just to say that it’s ok not to know what you want to do when you're going into college. Not everyone is the same. The real purpose of going to a university, besides the whole education thing, is to do some soul searching. And coming to UD was the best place. With professors and advisors that eased my transition, I was happy this was the place where I found myself.

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