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Solving my Mini Life Crisis

These past few weeks have been all kinds of hectic. Between tests, organizations, and life in general, the planning of what courses we want to take next semester has begun. Except you can’t just plan what courses you’ll take next semester (as I naively thought my freshman year when doing this for the first time): you have to plan, in addition, the next, next semester and sometimes even the next, next, next semester. It’s all about that four-year plan.

So in doing my course planning, a topic came up that has thrown my whole life for a loop this past couple of weeks: study abroad. As many of you know, while getting your biomedical sciences undergraduate degree, you have the additional option of also getting your Spanish certification. One of the requirements for the certification is a study abroad experience (in a Spanish-speaking country, of course). Since freshman year, I had been planning on going to Costa Rica, and doing the same program so many other BIMS majors had done before me to meet that requirement, until one night, I was sitting in the library and my friend turns to me and asks if I want to go to Spain to do a Global Health program for my study abroad instead. Not only is it faculty led, but I can take medical terminology in Spanish and do my shadowing in Spanish! That’s knocking out all sorts of credits from my degree plan. The one downside is that the courses I had planned since first semester sophomore year for every semester until I graduate took a headfirst dive off a cliff.  To say that things got a little more stressful would be an understatement.

Suddenly, my brain managed to draw a connection between not knowing what classes I wanted to take next semester to not knowing what I wanted to do with my life (a flimsy connection at best) and it was terrifying. I have been in the BIMS office so much we say our farewells with “see you tomorrow.” Despite my mini-life crisis I believed myself to be in, everything got sorted out, even with taking studying abroad into account. So what I’m trying to say is, if any of you are having any sort of issue regarding classes, future career goals, or even a “life crisis” like mine, talk to your advisors. They really are there to help and despite what it may seem sometimes, this isn’t their first time around the track. Don’t hesitate to email them, or call, or make multiple appointments. They truly are there for you and want you to succeed.