This past school year, my confidence level (haha statistics reference) has grown exponentially. I realized that the only thing holding me back from doing things that I aspire to do is not my young age, intellectual ability, or lack of motivation… it was myself. Do what you want NOW… or you might regret it later.
How to flip someone over like a pancake
Who would’ve thought I’d take a women’s self defense class? And learn more than any other class I will probably ever take? Shoutout to my empowering coach for teaching me how to defend myself and the people around me. She is the true definition of a woman warrior #queen.
JUST DO IT!
I was determined to pursue research this year so I applied to all the REU internships I could and got a big fat NO from them… I understood because of my lack of experience and the fact that I was only a first year, but I didn’t let that stop me. I sent a myriad of emails, networked, and when I was about to give up, guess what? I got an internship at Scripps! Then 2 offers at UCSF and a different Scripps lab a few weeks after that. I am happy that I didn’t listen to people who told me to wait a few years; I was determined to do it ASAP. Instead of thinking of it as a dream, I thought of it as a goal.
Stop guilt tripping yourself
I realized that I beat myself up too much for taking a break sometimes. When I go out on a Friday night for example, I used to feel bad and tell myself I should be doing homework. But sometimes, you need to have something to look forward to after a long week. Sometimes, you need to hit that reset button to feel alive and conquer what you need to do.
This song is it.