bl-g asked: I have a question. U said during college you took courses that were, let's say, not practical; if I remember correctly various philosophy and mythology courses (sorry if I'm wrong)? Then U said U continually searched for internships. Then U eventually got in 2 medical school. How did you cope coming from a non-scientific background? How did you cope with the "despair" (b4 meditation) U just applied & they accepted? I know this is personal sorry but every insight/story u provide is so useful, ty!
Not exactly, here’s the sparknotes version:
I attended college and studied a wide variety of courses from Mediterranean Archeology to Cognitive Science to Mesopotamian Mythology. However, the focus of my time there was writing. I took a host of magnificent writing courses, which included creative writing, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and journalism.
After college, I spent two years trying to find a job. Long story short, I decided to go into medicine. Since I did not do premedical studies while I was an undergraduate, that is what I am doing now. It is called a post-baccalaureate premedical program. I am not in medical school.
I started my meditation practice when I was in college. Therefore I used my training and passion for spirituality as a means to grow under those difficult post-college circumstances. I also saw a therapist weekly, which was immensely helpful.
After college, whomever you talk to, whether it be a friend or a family member, has an angle on you. Your family sees you a certain way and so do your friends. It’s hard to speak to them about things like career plans or life situation without them bringing their own judgments and preconceived notions to the table. A good therapist is quite different.
As for coming from a non-science background, this is a very interesting question. When I made the move to medicine, it confused a lot of people in my life.
Many thought of me as the “creative type,” or as a stoner or as being lazy. In a way, my decision threatened them. For a while I could see a kind of judgment lingering behind certain people’s eyes. Some felt that I was just seeking something and that I had no real interest in medicine. Others were very lighthearted and welcoming but still exclaiming “Wow! Such a different direction.”
Much of this showed me how little the people in my life understood me. This has less to do with me being a mystical enigma and more to do with the way people generally try to put individuals into labeled boxes.
Academically speaking, I have developed a strong appreciation for my coursework. Sure, predicting molecular structures and analyzing LCR circuits are rather different from writing stories and analyzing myths. But as time goes on and my mind adjusts to this new analytical side of things, I see just how much these two seemingly contradictory forms of education lend to each other so powerfully.
The greatest form of education, in my opinion, has been that of the “Renaissance Man.” The well-rounded education involved everything from translating ancient latin passages and composing beautiful works of art and music to also calculating the movements of the stars, uncovering the physics of reality, and cultivating knowledge of the sciences.
The road goes both ways. There are times in which my liberal arts education lends a greater degree of insight into my analytical work while at the same time my science education often inspires my creative passion.
However, it’s hard work. I spend hours in the library daily. On weekends it isn’t uncommon to be studying between 5-12 hours at a stretch, depending on the circumstances.
So far I have taken a semester of Calculus, Statistics, Intro to Chemistry, and General Chemistry 1, while I have taken two semesters of Physics and the associated lab courses. At the same time, I have been volunteering in the campus visual science lab and working as a part-time personal assistant to the CAO of an international green energy recycling company.
I have found value in each of those aspects and there is nothing for me to regret. For that, I am immensely grateful.
Namaste my friend :) Thanks for the invitation to reflect.