And just like that, sophomore year is over. It seems as though I blinked and two years passed. Never have I been more thankful for Chapman and the opportunities it has provided through intriguing classes, dedicated mentors, wonderful peers, storied athletics. Never have I been more aware of how far I've come in just two years, either.
Yesterday, I started a definite "big girl job", this one feeling more meaningful than past gigs because of its relation to my desired career as well as the professional application and interview process I had to undergo. Talking to patients yesterday who have walked the Earth much longer than I have, many had similar things to say when I told them of my college situation. It's amazing to me that in a career so focused on the body and its physical aspect, I learn so much about life and interpersonal connection by simply listening to the people who walk through the door. One man's thoughts still resonate. He reminded me that I have and will continue to change more drastically in my college years than I ever have in my life. It's all about perspective, he said. Thinking back on myself as a high school grad, it's astounding how my perspective has changed- living only 20 minutes from home, having kept my high school friends close. I'm a different person, I think for the better. And I'm only halfway there.