Hi all!! It’s Andrea coming out of the hospital to say hi! I’m actually loving surgery so far and it isn’t near as stressful as I was anticipating. I have a few guest posts lined up for the time I am away (my exam is April 9 and then I will be back!). This first guest post is from the GORGEOUS Jana. She is seriously the nicest girl and I LOVE her blog! She’s always making the best recipes and cute home stuff. Love this girl! Thank you so much Jana for contributing a post to my blog 🙂 Here it is:
I want to start out with a big thank you to Andrea for allowing me to guest post on her blog today. I have been reading ‘A Doctor in the House’ for quite awhile now and it is absolutely one of my favorites to follow. I love not only her recipes and workout suggestions, but I also find it fascinating to see what life is like for a medical school student. Every time I visit I am guaranteed to always learn something new about health and medicine from the doctor-to-be herself! Thanks again Andrea!
My name is Jana and I blog at Happy Wife Healthy Life. I am 24 years old and live in Ohio with my husband and our ‘child’, a spoiled yet sweet black Labrador puppy named Tebow. I am a graduate of the Ohio State University, (Go Bucks!), and received my diploma less than three years after I began. In college I majored in journalism, and I love all things dealing with creative writing. I started my original blog, www.newlywifehealthylife.wordpress.com, a couple months after I was married in 2011 as a way to fulfill that love of the written word that I miss in my current job, handling group health insurance benefits. In January, I started my newest blog, www.happywifehealthylife.com. My blog acts as a creative outlet and is a daily reminder of what I really love and want to do every day of my life: write.
Since Andrea’s blog has such a career driven focus, being that she is studying hard to become an amazing and successful doctor and all, I wanted to share my thoughts about finding your own passion and working toward that goal. Not all of us are going to become doctors someday, but each one of us has a specific thing we excel at and love to do.
1) Do Research!
Before college, I made a list of majors I was interested in pursuing, including Journalism, Dietetics, Dental Hygiene, Teaching, and Exercise Science. It was pretty overwhelming to narrow them down to one. In between my senior year of high school and freshmen year of college, I read articles, talked to many people currently working in those fields, and even job shadowed a Dental Hygienist and a Kindergarten Teacher.
2) Ask for Help!
In all honesty, I never would have been able to succeed without input and help from those closest to me. My parents were my rock during this time, but it can also be helpful to speak with close friends, teachers, guidance counselors, and especially coaches who may know more than anyone what your work ethic is like. Trying to choose a major and then a career path can be tricky and stressful. Some of the best advice I received was:
- Never eliminate a job from your options just because it seems too small. You never know where it might take you and where you may end up because of it. Besides, everyone has to start somewhere!
- Get your diploma and then figure out what you want to do with your life. I remember stressing that I had picked the wrong major with only three quarters left before graduation. My mom encouraged me to go ahead and graduate to at least get my journalism degree. Then, she proceeded to reminded me I can always go back to school if I want, but I will at least have my Bachelor’, something no one can take away from me.
3) Never Doubt Your Abilities!
One of my biggest regrets when choosing my career field and major was that I doubted my abilities to succeed at the course work. This is a hard notion for me to swallow even today, and is even a little embarrassing to admit to all of you. However, if I can help even one person not settle, than sharing this truth makes it all worth it.
My number one goal upon beginning college was to become a Registered Dietician. I had a plan and knew what I had to do, but when it came time to commit to the major, I froze. There were so many sciences and chemistry classes needing to be completed that I panicked. I struggled in high school when it came to chemistry and feared that same difficulty would carry over to college as well. So, what did I do? Instead of facing my fears head on, I ran in the other direction. Don’t get me wrong, I am in love with journalism and writing, but the issue lies in that I didn’t believe in myself enough to try. I feel like there is a reason for everything and God has placed me right where I need to be, but I just wanted to remind all of you not to be afraid of taking a chance or a risk. It may sound corny, but trust me when I say that you are truly smarter than you think you are! J
I may not have my dream writing career at this moment, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write again until I do! Since someday I would love to write full-time, today I blog to practice my writing skills and keep me working toward my goal. I may not be a registered dietician, but I can still learn as much as possible about nutrition and healthy eating habits. If you wish you were a veterinarian, volunteer at a local animal shelter once a month, or if you always wanted to be an actress, try out for a local play or film YouTube videos to post online. The real success is found in doing what you love. You don’t have to be a professional marathoner to run.
You don’t need to be an expensive fashion stylist to build a beautiful wardrobe, or an interior designer to decorate your home. Do what you love today and don’t wait until all the ‘stars are aligned’ to be successful.
5) Dream Big!
Whatever you do, keep looking toward the future. If you don’t like where you are in life, know that you are not stuck in your position or situation. Never settle and continue on toward the success you have always dreamed of having. Just remember that you are never too old or too young, never too experienced or inexperienced, and never too rich or too poor to start a new goal, career field, or education path.
Thanks again Andrea for letting me taking over your blog today! Make sure you come visit me at www.happywifehealthylife.com! Have a great day!
- Are you happy with your current job status, education situation, or goal setting? If not, what can you do to fix it?
- Has there ever been a time in your life that you doubted your abilities and didn’t even try? Did you regret it? What can you do to fix it now?
- If you could be absolutely anything, what would you choose to be?
- If you could set any goal and work toward succeeding at it, what would it be? (Better question, what are you waiting for?! Start today!)