Holidays are a great time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. It is said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living. It’s critical to make sure that you are progressing towards the goals in your life that truly matter. There are definitely times when I wonder if graduate school was the right decision for me. Sometimes, the choice to attend and remain in graduate school has caused me a GREAT deal of regret because I wonder what I could be doing if I was not here. In the midst of this self-evaluation, my reasons for even attending graduate school sometimes are obscure. Introspection can be tormenting. However, I keep on coming back to why I came here in the first place, which was to become a teacher. Regardless of the subject, I teach because it is a part of who I am. For example, personal finance is one of my primary interests because I realize the detrimental impact lack of financial intelligence can have on generations and communities, so I often discuss it even though I have no formal credentials.
As I began to pick myself out of my pity-party, my thoughts often centered on the future: when I finish school. I caught myself saying that when I got out of school, then I can start saving more or paying off my student loans. Lately, I realize that such thinking is flawed because it absolves me of any personal responsibility currently. By putting things off to the future, I refuse to face what I can do to improve my situation right now. In short, it allows me to be lazy and settle for mediocrity. Who says that I cannot do it all? Surely, others have. One famous quote is “whether think you can or think you can’t, you are both right.” Do not settle for anything short of your goals, instead press on. Whether you are a socially-retarded graduate student, pharmacy resident, practicing pharmacist, or law student, you can improve you NOW. So get started.