2014 was filled with change. The most dramatic change was moving out and starting school, closely followed by graduating, and ending a long term relationship. Ah, young love.
Although 2014 was fabulous, I’d like to be a little more focused during 2015. Now that I have a definite career goals in mind, I need to pursue them in a somewhat more orderly fashion. So, in the spirit of the new year, like most of the population, I have composed a short list of things I would like to achieve during the next 12 months. Hopefully posting this publicly will provide motivation to actually accomplish a few of them.
1. Get a job/internship.
Yesterday, I actually quit my job of almost two years. I’m grateful for the experiences that I gained while working there, but holding a job while attending school full time did not work out well last semester– AT ALL. And it was time to move on, as I am definitely not cut out for a desk job.
Anyway, I’m applying for a summer internship with a major drug company. It’s research based, which is super nice. (I’m thinking about pursuing a M.D./PhD dual degree in the future.) However, it’s the only paid science internship open to freshmen that I could find in the state, so the selection process is pretty competitive. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll probably find a ‘normal’ job, and do some volunteering and shadowing on my days off.
2. Look into future missions opportunities, and begin saving for them.
My school is incredible at organizing missions and service trips for medical and nursing students. However, they’re expensive, and the wait lists are long. I’m particularly interested in the trips that they have scheduled for the summer of 2016 (Nicaragua, Belize, and India) so I’ll need to start making payments/taking training courses at the beginning of my sophomore year.
3. Nail those quadruple pirouettes.
Because doubles and the occasional triple is no longer cutting it. (My inconsistent turning earned me a B in ballet II last semester. Ouch.)
4. Become better friends with the other biology and premed students.
Becoming bffs with the dance/music/theater majors was easy– especially since we take class, rehearse, and eat together. We’re all pretty darn outgoing too, so that helps. However, getting to know the science majors (especially the other premeds) has been a little more difficult, as they’re all more serious and constantly studying. They all seem great though, and I really just need to make more of an effort to reach out to folks.
5. Get an A in general chemistry II. Actually, just have a 4.0 semester.
At the beginning of this past semester, I definitely overloaded myself. I was working, going to school, and in rehearsal 4+ hours a night (freshman mistake: accepting way too much casting. #dancemajorprobs.) As a result, I got a little behind in a couple of my classes, i.e. chemistry. I understood the material well and excelled in the class after midterms, but my rough start put a dent in my final grade. Therefore, I need to do exceedingly well in gen chem II, and retake gen chem I my sophomore year. I WILL GET ALL OF THE As.
6. Grow out my hair. Also maybe get a tan.
At the beginning of 2014, I gave my hair the chop. It’s slowly getting longer, and I’m having a hard time resisting the urge to cut it again. But I want long hair again. Badly.
2015, I am ready for you.
Also, two posts in one day?! This whole having free time thing is pretty sweet man.