I make plans and when things are good of course they go well (or at least, go as planned). But most of the time, it doesn’t happen that way. The first response? Panic. The second response? Freak out jitters. The third response?
“MY LIFE IS COMPLETELY DOOMED! I’M GOING TO LIVE IN A BOX FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!”
It’s this third response that sends most of us downhill and our self-esteem plummets pretty fast. We’re in the state of doom that no one can help get us out of and it can be pretty terrifying. The point most of us start beginning to doubt our plans probably happens halfway through our undergraduate career (although I’m sure it can happen in plenty of different other points, namely after graduating and realizing how difficult it is to find a job). For me, I have been up and down way too many times, yet in the end I gravitate towards the original plan because I think subconsciously that’s what I want to do the rest of my life, no matter what.
And of course I consider my Plan B, C, D, etc., but those won’t take into effect until two or three years of consistent determination to do what it is what I want to do. As they say, the third time is a charm! My brother was telling me how his one friend applied to the same medical school in three consecutive years, the first two times getting a rejection and causing her to take the MCAT two times. She had considered taking the MCAT a third time until she got an acceptance letter and now she’s going to medical school.
Now, I don’t think I’ll have the pleasure of spending $1,000 each year for the application and another $270 each time I retake the MCAT (I really hope it would not come down to that), but if I do have that “pleasure,” then I know that the only thing keeping me going is my motivation to reach my goal.
Of course, not everyone wants it that bad. Sometimes we’re OK with exploring our other interests and pursuing careers there. That’s awesome! There are so many options, jobs, and schools that can carry you on to your career. So, when life seems dim, get your search on! There are tons of resources on campus and online that I know everyone can find their niche.
Check out these resources:
- UIC Career Services
- Career Builder
- Chicago Tribute – Jobs
- Career Path
Best of luck to everyone! I’m excited to see how this semester will turn out. This week and the next week the Health Activism Committee will be at Clemente High School presenting health topics! I’m very excited to hear how the experience is for my members, especially for the new members!