As a biology major, I fall pretty solidly under most premedical student stereotypes. (You know, type A, always chugging coffee, easily upset by A-, type). I really do love my major though. I love learning about the inner workings of the human body. I enjoy discovering how molecules polymerize, and pouring over minute details of the cell. I especially like all the opportunities we get to go out and serve the community.
I like working hard. Being challenged drives me, and I find pleasure in working with both my mind and my hands.
That being said, I have come to the realization that I am, perhaps, a mini workaholic in training. I will gladly spend hours in the library, or spend time with and serve complete stranger– but it can be difficult for me to prioritize personal relationships. (Strange, I know!)
This semester, I decided to change my ways. I have been blessed with many beautiful friendships, and I was letting them fall by the wayside. (All in the name of organic chemistry! How sad!)
Leading a more balanced life has been wonderful. I feel more at peace, happier, and more fulfilled.
However, I did have a rough test this week. And it was likely because I was up late the night before, sipping organic herbal tea and discussing Biblical translations until the wee hours of the morning. (There it is! The most pretentious sentence I have ever written!)
BUT I think that it was worth it. While the hum of hard work is temporarily satisfying, it is not ultimately fulfilling. At the end of the day, we have to let ourselves be defined by greater things– our relationships, our actions, our faith.
Yes, I will continue to work hard. But no, I will not let the the fear of being rejected from medical school consume my life.
Life is such a gift, and we should enjoy it wholeheartedly.
P.S. I am straight up loving this Ted Talk by Shonda Rhimes. All you hard working nerds should go check it out. She’s a boss lady.