Take initiative for your goals. Reflecting my time in the summer undergraduate research program has allowed me to discover the importance of using your voice. Okay, yes it sounds silly, but there’s a reason as to why I am writing this post. In our classes, we are spoon fed information from our professors. However, entering the realm of research allowed me to reflect on being independent upon your academics. What I mean by that is no one will hold your hand and no one will tell you what to do. Yes, our professors and mentors will guide us, but it is up to you to take initiative upon your goals.

         One of the biggest frustrations that a couple of my peers and I discovered in the research program is that we have PHD students and medical students working alongside of us. As undergraduate students, it could be frustrating  entering a new realm not knowing what we can do to contribute (trust me, there are many ways that we can do to help– but it’s the fact that we don’t want to get in the way.)

        In order to take initiative of your own dreams, one of the ways that you could do is to use your voice (I know– common sense.) In all honesty though, when we are thrown into a new atmosphere, we often get the fear that we may ask a stupid question. But truth be told, would you rather ask a question and get an answer or execute upon a task that you didn’t know how to do in the beginning? So, take initiative for your goals by using your voice, don’t be afraid, because with all questions comes answers.



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