I thought, going into this experience, that it would be one that I do just for the knowledge. One that I wouldn’t completely enjoy but do because I know that it is best for my academic advancement. I thought that all the people would be unhelpful, only worry about themselves and their experiments, and that I would end up trying to figure out the lab and Chicago/Evanston all by myself. But I have learned to stop assuming the worse in situations, and to give every opportunity an equal chance in terms of a positive perspective. And luckily, in this case, the outcome in terms of experience was better than could be expected.
I can’t deny that I have grown because of this internship. When I was applying, the chances of actually receiving the internship were very small. Out of 200 applicants, there were 12 people chosen for the internship. I felt that the chances of me getting this opportunity were slim. I didn’t have the confidence to believe that I was good enough and deserved to have the internship. Now that I’ve gone through the application, interview, and the actual experience, I realized that I am more than qualified to receive any opportunity that I apply for. Earning an internship that is pretty hard to get at an amazing medical school/research center, I’ve had time to develop my confidence in going for opportunities that are out of my comfort zone. Now I have the positive outlook needed for me to reach higher heights.
When I was starting the internship, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue an MD/PhD or just an MD. Now that I’ve gone through the lab experience and talked to a few doctors and professors, I believe MD is best for me. This internship really helped clear up my path but as far as what I want to do as a doctor, I still feel like I have alot to figure out.