I’ve been very introspective on my life lately and, after much prayer and struggling, I’ve decided on something.
When the time is right, I’m going to live and study in Italy for a semester. To accomplish this, I’m designing my own major (very easy to do in school). And not only that, I’m not going to continue with premed, at least not for the time being. But I’m not designing my own major just for Italy. It’s just that for the first time, I discovered my passion.
I realized that I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and see everything, really getting to know the place. I also realized that while I like science, I can’t imagine doing that every day. And being on a medical track doesn’t allow me to take the classes I really want to take or do the internships that I want to do. Also, while I’ll have the opportunities to visit the Third World on mission trips and in Peace Corps (which I’m intending to do after I graduate), I will NEVER EVER get the opportunity to live in Italy as a student again.
Everyone always asks, “What will you DO with X degree?” Well, here’s my take. A friend of mine, who works for our diocese, said that, “Education isn’t merely for utility.” She’s right. It’s to teach you how to think and reason, how to express yourself, and how to find your passions. If you’re called to a professional track, that’s great and I’m open to the idea of going back to premed if that’s what I’m meant to do. However, I’m only young once and if there’s any time to have adventures and study something for the sake of learning, now is the time.
Life isn’t measured by success or longevity. It’s measured by what we do with it and how we live it. This is my chance to learn about my roots and study something I’m extremely passionate about. I just want to enjoy the gift that God has given me.