Taking Advantage of Opportunities
Only 20 days of school left! I can’t believe time
flew by so fast. Just a little over two months ago, I was starting
my first semester of my sophomore year.
Because of the opportunities I found last year, I have been
balancing not only school, but also working as an ambassador, doing
research in the animal behavior lab, and volunteering at the
Wildlife Center (it’s a class, but you’re essentially
volunteering). It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun, too! I
experienced so many new things this semester, and I can’t wait to
I like to think I’m a hard worker. Maybe it is the Vietnamese
blood in me. Maybe it was my family’s circumstances. Maybe it is
just my personality. Whatever the reason, that trait helped me get
to where I am now.
About a month ago, I applied for the BIMS Costa Rica Study
Abroad (which, by the way, I encourage any BIMS undergrad to apply
for). In my application, I wrote a two-page essay that was
peer-reviewed by four different people, along with the University
Writing Center (super extra, I know). On Nov. 9, at 9:11 a.m., I
received an email saying I had been accepted into the program. My
heart stopped and I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t believe that I had
been accepted! In disbelief, I emailed the professor asking if I
was actually accepted and he said yes! Another person I know had
also been accepted, but she wrote about a paragraph, so I guess I’m
an overachiever. But I was extremely happy when I received that
email because it showed that all my hard work paid off!
An important lesson I have learned this semester, which is
advice I will now always offer to incoming freshmen, is that it is
never too early to look for opportunities.
In fact, there are opportunities that have criteria you meet now
and not later. I remember regretting not signing up for “Great
Disease of the World” (one of the BIMS-directed electives) last
spring because I found out too late that I could have gotten a
certificate in public health entomology if I had taken that class.
Now, I can’t, because you have to complete the class before you
have 75 credit hours, which I have.
There are so many opportunities at Texas A&M, like research
and study abroad programs, so you don’t have to look very hard to
find something that might interest you.