LubDub. LubDub. LubDub. These are the sounds of the
heart. On average, a human heart beats about 3 billion
times. It sends blood to the lungs which comes back to the
heart to supply oxygenated blood to the brain and the rest of the
body. The brain, like the heart, works every single day,
every single minute. It keeps the heart beating, it keeps the
rest of the body working. It allows you to feel pain, love,
fear, the pressure of the pen in your hand and the keys on your
computer. Through an entire lifetime the brain never stops
working.... until I'm in the middle of an exam. I can try and
try to get the answers that I have studied for hours to surface,
but for some reason, they refuse. This is an issue that many
of us in biomedical sciences feel. We learn the information,
we hear it, we can repeat it and even teach it to others, but the
moment we step into that classroom, sit in our seats and open that
test booklet all we feel is.... BLANK.
One thing that I have always figured, though, is that if I can
get through this program, than I can get through any program.
Medical school will be "more doable" instead of impossible.
This is what comforts me and keeps me going.
The light is at the end of the tunnel for my undergraduate
career, and then I'm off to the next phase of my life which
hopefully includes getting into medical school. In less than
4 weeks, I will have received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences
from Texas A&M University, and the funny thing is, I don't have
anything figured out yet. I have talked to many people who
have graduated and have no idea what is in store for them, and
silly me, always thought that I would by the time I reached that
point in my life... but no... I am just like everyone else.
But that's the interesting thing about life, no matter how alone we
feel, we all are really just in the same place, and we can all work
together to figure out how to get each other, and ourselves, to the
inevitable next step.
Growing up, my mother always said that "you can do anything if
it doesn't last very long", and in the grand scheme of things, the
4 years we spend in high school, undergrad, grad school, med
school, or even vet school, are seemingly insignificant in the 80
years that we will be living. But when you add them all up,
you get the journey of YOUR lifetime.