Being the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, I've always had aspirations of medical school somewhere in the back of my mind. Now, four years of Duke and one Economics major later, I'm finally following that dream. Mostly. I spent my "gap year" before medical school doing research in the Anesthesiology Department at Duke, in the same lab where I did an independent study in my senior year. Now that I'm in medical school, I can't wait to learn enough to finally decide what I want to be when I grow up.
On the last day of my elementary school career, my teacher pulled me aside at the end of the day. She told me I was special and had the power to change the world; she told me that I could be anything I wanted to be; she told me I was a girl. She said that I was going to show the boys in this world just how influential a woman can be. I had completely forgotten that encounter until I had been accepted into the program my freshman year. Sitting in our seminar class during spring semester, I realized I was in the company of 17 other influential women who were bound to change the world.
The women I have met through Baldwin Scholars are utterly phenomenal. They have inspired me, challenged me, and supported me. Whatever career I end up in, I'm hoping it will be a great continuation of the very non-standard path I started meandering down years ago. In the meantime, I'm enjoying every moment I have before I grow up.