Journal

Good Changes!

Hello people of the internet! It’s been a while, but I felt the need to write some kind of update on my life and just give a general reflection, I think.

So life is general has been amazing for me. I’ve been doing lots of day to day reflections and looking back to compare how my life was going a year ago. Last August, I was about to start my senior year. I wasn’t really sure where I was headed after I finished my bachelor’s degree. I thought about doing some shadowing and working while I took a year off from applying to dental school. I also thought about moving to Maryland to stay with my sister and I could be a live in babysitter for my nephew (who wasn’t born yet!). But lately I’ve been thinking that everything that I’ve experienced in this last year was supposed to happen to me.

So for starters, in the fall I decided to make it to the career fair that was happening on campus. I was leaning towards kind of not going since I had to make up a lab and didn’t want to walk in business casual all over the place and in lab but I did it anyway and made it over there. I didn’t really have any clue what I was looking for. I thought that I would mostly talk to military recruiters to see what my options were if I ever did get into dental school. Then as I was leaving and having to turned in my resume to a few tables, I found the health professions table for EVMS there. I had previously thought it was just a medical school, but to my surprise, they had different master’s programs which seemed interesting to me. Especially since I was really involved in my research class at the time, I thought there might be something in there for me. I decided to look in to it more and eventually realized that it was my calling to do this line of work instead. The other signal that really stuck out for me was in my cancer research class. It was a brand new course that I just decided to enroll in. A professor from EVMS came in and spoke about the need for researchers alongside doctors, and that’s when it really clicked that I should apply for the master’s program. All of it feels right. I am a little nervous about how this will all play out, but I’m staying optimistic and focused to do the best I can in my program and succeed.

My other thought about fate is that I was supposed to meet Daniel when I did in December. My romantic life up until last December was pretty bleak and outside of that, I had a very small circle of people that I was close with. But I think about the odds of meeting him that night and they seem pretty small. He had only known my friend for a few weeks before coming to her graduation party, and it seems pretty lucky that he decided to go. It’s really hard to put into words how perfect the timing was for him to come into my life. In the almost eight months we’ve been together, I’ve learned so much about him and myself. I realized that I deserve happiness and success. I also realized that it’s okay to open up to another person and be vulnerable. My entire time with him has been a growing process and it’s been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.

All that said, I just keep thinking how lucky I am. Somehow, the strings of the universe pulled my fate this way in the span of the year and I’m forever grateful to be in probably the happiest and most exciting part of my life (so far). There’s so much to look forward to. I’m so close to starting graduate school, I wake up knowing there’s a reason to smile, and I know that I’m very loved and in return, I love someone very much. Things are good and I’m ready to take on this next chapter.

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