I HAD to come to Cleveland to:
- Learn that it was possible to live more than 100 miles away from my parents.
- Figure out the parallel parking thing.
- See that Case Western is a fabulous school for ME.
- Realize that great mentors didn’t have to look like me. They just needed to actually care about me.
- Acknowledge that the CTA is not all that bad. The RTA is much,much worse.
- Understand that Chicago winters prepare you for anything.
- Experience that learning can be a healthy experience.
- Listen to the Cleveland Orchestra.
- Realize that I have the power to make an actual difference.
- See that my opinion actually matters to people, but to accept when it doesn’t.
- Understand that there are many different kinds of friendships–and it is okay to keep your walls up.
- Understand that it’s also okay to bring the walls down for the special and the few.
- Learn when to chase after a person or opportunity.
- Learn when to walk away.
- Get in shape–again.
- Get ready for the next step.
After finishing my second year of medical school, the next few months are filled with certainties and uncertainties. Certainties: I’ll be doing some kind of research, moderating my FINAL Tuesday Morning Seminar, I will be taking Step 1. God is good.
Uncertainties: I’ll be going home, going to Italy, preparing for a new adventure in a new city.
Whatever happens, I am glad I am where I am–in Cleveland. It is where I’m meant to be. Coming here has been incredible for my personal growth in more ways than one.