This past year, my fiancé and I decided to watch the entire 16 season of the series. We instantly fell in love with the characters: the witty Tony DiNozzo, the lethal Ziva, tech-savy McGee, and the clever Ducky. We laughed and cried with every victory and loss the team faced. With each episode, I was always especially moved by the respect, love and trust the team had for their boss: Gibbs.
Not so long ago, I had the opportunity to listen to author and entrepreneur Wes Moore during the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, Florida. He talked to the crowd of his story. He was born in a tough setting, yet he rose above his situation and became a Rhode Scholar. After hearing about a man with his same name who grew up in a similar context, yet ended up leading a very different life than him, he wrote a book called The Other Wes Moore.
A leader is someone who cares and is willing to go the extra mile. My time in the Eagle Scholars Program enabled me to put these and other principles into practice. There are many other practical lessons to be learned, but these are a good start and I'm thankful to Eagle Scholars for helping me get here.
Life has a way of mixing things up. We can make plans all we want yet something usually happens that changes the scene. It really comes down to our innate biological drive as humans to feel that we are in control, to have the feeling of safety that we have the final say in what will happen.
How does a biomedical sciences student with interests in clinical research go on to intern in the United States Senate? Like many other students, my undergraduate career followed a traditional path toward higher education. I kept my grades up, participated in extracurriculars, and was involved in a few clubs on campus. However...