Week 1 of ISM 2 consisted of many things, one of which being one of the most influential and life changing speeches I’ve ever heard. Mrs. Leslie visited us as a guest speaker, informing us about steps to finding our passion and how to change it. This particular speech really hit home for me, especially considering the situation: I was unsure about what topic to study this year in ISM. Part of me was saying to pursue medicine as I did last year, but part of me was also taking a different approach. This year, I was given the honor to also participate in the Health Science 3 program which offers mentorship strictly of the medical field. I was struggling to decided if studying medicine would be productive for ISM II, considering that I would be getting the medical field exposure through this class. After listening to Mrs. Leslie’s moving lecture about pursuing your passion, regardless of what others thought, I decided that I would step out of my comfort zone and utilize ISM II to study a different passion of mine - music.
With this decision made, I conducted research to find the quote that will continue to motivate me for the year. After hours of searching and conflicting between medicine and music, and coming to the eventual decision of music, I found the PERFECT quote. The quote is as follows: “Yes there are two paths you can go down, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on. And it makes me wonder…” This quote is from the forever loved song, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. I selected this quote through the paths of medicine and music representing the two paths. Taking ISM for two years has allowed me to explore both paths in order to make the right decision, and conduct research regarding two completely different topics that I am passionate about.
Similarly, I reflected upon my passion and drive to create an appropriate mission statement for the year. My mission statement focuses strictly on the idea of stepping out of my comfort zone. I want to be able to make the most out of this year in ISM, and pursue something that is of equal importance to me when compared to medicine. I feel as if that is completely apparent in my mission statement and will further evaluate it following proper feedback.
Overall, my last first week of school (senior year!) has been extremely impactful. Coming to the decision to study music this year was not as easy one, and I am both nervous and excited to get started. I look forward to seeing where the rest of this year will take me as a student, a scholar, and a person.