Another week comes another weekly report over something intellectual – something brilliant – about the amazing field of neuroscience that I had learned. However, business symposium had some expected surprises waiting for me.
With initial thoughts that symposium would be a great way to network with medical professionals and expedite the process of finding interviewees and possible mentors, symposium did none of these things. Rather it opened a whole new universe (maybe planet..) of possibilities for me. While listening to the guest speaker, two colossally impactful things struck me:
- You have to love what you do.
- You have to do what you love.
These things may seem essentially the same, however, they explicate two distinct things while considering your future. Firstly, I had to examine if I’ve been enjoying what I’ve been doing in ISM – all of the research assessments, weekly reports, informational interviews, and so on. Red Flag. Then, I had to consider if I even chose a topic that resembled my leisure activities – things that I CHOSE to do with spare time. Red Flag.
Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love the mind. I find it brilliantly fascinating how infinite it is and how metacognitive it is as well. But none of those things changed the fact that I simply dreaded ISM. I began to forget why I even enrolled in this course – until symposium. I realized that the tasks of ISM shouldn’t be tasks at all, rather gifts. I
have to get to pursue what I love (for a grade!). So, I began to question myself “what do I really want to do?”. This led me to a stream of consciousness of all the different things I spend my free time doing – and everything I listed all seemed to come back to filmography/photography/videography. Seems like a pretty obvious answer. And even better, I knew it all along.
In fact, filmography had been a major contender in possible fields of undergraduate study. The practical me won the battle, but the passionate me is rising to possibly win the war. While I do not know if film is completely for me, I believe that ISM is the “no harm no foul” way to find out. And in the end, if I ultimately conclude that it is not for me, at least I can continue into neuroscience with a peace of mind, knowing that I will have no regrets.