So I finished my very last exam a couple of days ago, and it has just hit me that I have completed 3 whole years at McGill now, and much closer to the finish line than I am from the start! Although my day-to-day activities has not really changed since first year (I’ve pretty much kept the same job, clubs, varsity sport, etc. ), I know that I have gone through some pretty large changes as a person, especially in the past year. Although the change is likely due to a plethora of causes, I really attribute a large part of it to switching my major and the medical school application process itself. As I blogged about before, I switched my major from Neuroscience to Psychology this year. This switch has put me into some really fascinating courses like my 2 favorites: “Intro to Personality” (PSYC 332) and “Personality and Social Psychology” (PSYC 333). The course content has really given me a new perspective on the human psyche and the idiosyncrasies of our daily social interactions. It really forced me to sit down and analyze my own personality, values, and reasons for my actions. In a similar vein, my med-apps also required me to really self-reflect about my life choices thus far, which is why I believe the application process itself is an incredibly valuable experience. Looking back, I would have to say that this has been my favorite year at McGill so far, and probably the one with the most personal growth as well.
My next 4 months of summer will look pretty similar to last year, as I will be continuing to do Neurogenetics research at the MNI, TA-ing Organic Chemistry 2 on the side, playing badminton with a few varsity teammates, and continuing my volunteering endeavors. I’ll also be starting on a dragon boat team for the very first time next week, and joining toast-masters to take my public speaking to the next level. Needless to say, summer 2016 is set out to be a busy and productive one! Stay tuned for the summer blogs from myself and the other bloggers!