I've been places:
On the side, I volunteer at IRIS. I had a good reading voice in high school, born of acting out Dave Barry columns as a kid when no one was home and fine-tuned by that greatest of lifelong influences, my theater teacher. Now, I put that little quirk to good use, reading newspapers and books for the visually impaired.
My lifelong dreams are for these and future pursuits to take me to the lip of an active volcano and to low-Earth orbit. (Call me crazy, but that's what a childhood of imagination and Bill Nye the Science Guy will do to you.) If I can tell a few stories along the way, stories that change people's minds and open their eyes, then I will consider my life complete.
He viajado a muchos lugares:
Aparte de esto, trabajo de voluntariado con IRIS. Tenía una buena voz para leer en la escuela secundaria, nacida de exteriorizar las columnas de Dave Barry como niño cuando no estaba nadie en casa, y afinada por mi maestra de teatro. Ya, doy buen uso a esa singularidad, leyendo periódicos y libros para los quienes no pueden leer.
Mis sueños que han persistido durante toda mi vida son que estas búsquedas me traen al pico de un volcán activo y a la órbita terrestre. (Llámame loco; es lo que te resulta una juventud de la imaginación y Bill Nye the Science Guy.) Si pueda contar unos cuentos durante el recorrido, cuentos que cambian la mente y abren los ojos, pues consideraré completa mi vida.
Awards and Recognition
Today, I end 2014 with, oddly enough, a few words about 2013.
Only over the distance of a year can I feel that I fully understand how transformative 2013 was. I started out the year thinking I would spend my life as a photographer, covering weddings & newspaper assignments and flying a kite with a GoPro for fun. I ended the year heading into a second semester of pre-med classes and becoming ever more convinced that I would spend my life, not as a photographer, but as a doctor. There was such a hairpin turn in the middle of that year, and I could feel the turn as I drove through it, but only now can I look back and see how sharp the turn was.
I also see how much happier I am after that turn. There are many reasons for this contentment, some of which appear in great detail in my INPA post, so I won't recapitulate everything here. I'll simply say that returning full-time to my love of science has been an awe-filled, fulfilling, and oddly goal-oriented experience (what with the requirements that medical schools place before their applicants). At the same time, a part of me will always miss pizza in the newsroom and telling a good story on deadline, and that part of me will always live vicariously through my reporter friends. I'm really glad that I have friends who do journalism as their way to make the world a better place, and I'm extremely lucky to have friends like Ryan Dorgan who use great photos to tell an even greater story. I will be watching those friends from afar, appreciating their work, awed by their skill, and confident they will improve the world.
This year doesn't feel quite as transformative as did 2013. At least, any transformation that occurred was nowhere near as sudden or cataclysmic. The theme this year is progress. I finished my medical school requirements (while bumping my GPA past 3.8!), I earned a good score on the MCAT, I got a job in medicine as a scribe for ScribeAmerica, and I scheduled interviews for January with the IU School of Medicine and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. There were many other small improvements this year, as well, like taking more high school basketball assignments and finding a better way to capture stars trailing through the night sky. Each improvement, small and large, assures me that I chose wisely to make that hairpin turn. There will be hills and mountains and further sharp turns to come, but now that I've lived to tell the tale of that consequential turn, I'm more and more confident that I can make it through those, as well.
But let's leave tomorrow for next year. (ba-DUM, tish.) Today, let's look back at the year that was. Have a good night, and I hope to see you here next year.