I enjoyed the process of job searching because it allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people and learn about different firms completely outside my comfort zone. It had its ups and downs and it taught me to become comfortable with rejection whether it came at the first stage or after having invested the time in multiple interviews. Things happen for a reason and if it were not for the rejections that I had gotten over the years, then I definitely wouldn’t be where I am right now. I have also learned the very important lesson that, at least in this process, you need to become comfortable with putting yourself first and not be afraid to ask for what you want. Know your worth and take charge of getting the treatment, whether thats in terms of salary, benefits or simply socially, that you deserve. And talk to peers at your level to increase transparency and make sure you are not getting the short end of the stick. And yes, I am very happy about my next chapter, I get to work with some of the greatest minds I have ever met and that’s the most exciting thing you can do at our age.
I have recently noticed that in my generation people have developed a fixation with finding the “perfect starting job”. Similarly to choosing the right high school and then the right college or the right major, I feel we have evolved into this mentality that there is such thing as binary correct and incorrect life decisions. To me every experience is a growth opportunity. Looking at my career that way takes a little bit of the anxiety away :).
All of my regrets are over missed opportunities so I can’t really say I regret anything that I’ve have experienced. But in a way, missed opportunities are learning ones, maybe indirectly. I think I have definitely learned to forgive myself because you will never fully experience everything you want. Prioritizing is necessary and yes, it might lead to some regrets over choosing one thing over the other but I think some things just are meant to be left unexperienced.
Financial and medical literacy, or in a more broad sense information accessibility, is something I preoccupy myself with a lot. Whether the discussion is centered around savings or cancer treatments or investments, the barrier to entry for the average person is as high as their educational gap on the topic. Eventually, those gaps become debilitating and enforce existing socioeconomic inequalities. I am passionate about finding innovative new ways to bring seemingly “complicated” information to the everyday person with the hopes that it will help decrease systemic inequality
I don’t like the idea of associating love and age. I have loved and continue to love for as long as I can remember and I don’t plan on letting my age dictate how I approach my feelings
I do, just not romantically (sorry Plato). I have felt immediate deep connections with people in a broad range of situations and it always feels like there is something surreal about it. In those moments I have felt “soulmate” vibes. But I think that clinging on to the idea that there is just one person for you is toxic and can only lead to disappointment.
My college experience was a very welcoming one where I never really felt like my differences were used to my disadvantage. Nonetheless, many preconceived ideas surrounding my home country were evident from my interactions with people, especially those from different generations (ie Professors). I think a lot of people from the US over-romanticize the idea of the “American Dream” and as a result assume people all over the world feel the same way. Many of my friends including myself have received derogatory comments based on assumptions regarding the standard of living in the countries we grew up in. I found myself in the uncomfortable situation of explaining that every country has its own socio-economic dynamics and that not being from the West does not translate to automatic scarcity. It was shocking how many people assumed that leaving my home country for education meant I had a bad standard of living there. I have grappled with what the best way to approach these misconceptions is, and I am still trying to figure it out.
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