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
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.