When I was asked to speak on the student panel, I said yes immediately. Because it is an incredible opportunity to not only meet my peers and see the campus but to overcome my anxiety of public speaking. My anxiety was certainly tested while on stage, but after taking a step back, I asserted to myself that I was strong enough to overcome it, and I kept going. My biggest reward and takeaway was that, I knew if I could just encourage one person in the audience through my words, that it would be a successful trip for me.
This was just the beginning for me to network, connect and engage in professional development opportunities. Participating in the panel gave me knowledge from other student’s experiences, and it gave me the experience of stepping out of my comfort zone to go after what I want in this life. I want more than anything to become a doctor one day, and I know it’s going to be difficult. But taking part in opportunities like this one will help me take one step closer to becoming the person I want to become, as well as the doctor I want to become. Being able to go outside one’s boundaries and experience new situations will help shape me and contribute a better perspective to my medical career.