Year two at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Just kidding – being a witch in the world of Harry Potter would definitely make my life complete, but the next best thing is being a sophomore in the magical land of USC. Not only have I upgraded my living situation to the big kid apartments but I have also freed myself from the tempting clutches of EVK, begun classes in my major, and made an academic move that has changed my life forever.
Sounds dramatic, no? Well let me tell you where it all started. This past summer, I was pondering my life and my career goals and realized, much to my dismay, that I did not have any! Shockingly enough, my decision to declare a major in Neuroscience did not answer all my life questions as I had hoped it would. So sitting with my mom discussing my future one night, I had a stroke of genius. I thought to myself, “Francesca, you like science, you like medicine, and most of all you like helping people!” The answer then became glaringly obvious… so just a few weeks ago I walked into my advisor’s office and said “I AM GOING TO BE A DOCTOR.”
The question is now, how am I holding up after my impulsive decision? Well, after the momentary burst of
pride and enthusiasm, it is all setting in exactly how much work is coming towards me as a Pre-Med Neuroscience student. I’ll admit the next two and a half years of biology, organic chemistry, physics, and various neuroscience classes is appearing more and more daunting by the minute, but I feel a sense of relief accompanying my panic. For once in my life, I feel at ease knowing that I have a goal and now will do all in my power to get there. I don’t think I fully understand the workload or the amount of stress that will come with being a medical student, but I feel lucky that I know where I am going. While this year does not quite have the big BANG that freshman year had, I am starting to realize that this is where I begin my path to understanding myself and my goals for the future.