As you may know, I have decided to go to graduate school in the Fall to begin a doctoral program in bioengineering. Over the last couple weeks the idea of starting a completely new life has sort of freaked me out. I'm comfortable where I am. Now, I'm finally starting to get excited about it. I think it's because I've visited that school that I think is going to make me happy. My gut is yelling in my ear to do something. And in those peaceful moments where I pretend that decision is official, I get excited. I think that means it's the right one?
“Look at the fish!” my engineering
entrepreneurship professor reminded us before concluding our final class
together. While these words probably sounded nonsensical to waiting students
lingering in the hallway, they are the words that continually remind me of why
I want to pursue a Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering. They allude to the
teaching style of Louis Agassiz, who left a fish in front of his student and
instructed him to examine it without turning to literature or discussing the
task with others. Weeks went by with no attention from Agassiz,
except for insistence to keep looking. While at first the task seemed mundane,
the student eventually saw the symmetry he was supposed to see and just how
much he had not seen in the beginning. He learned the valuable lesson of
thinking for oneself and to not be content with the facts at hand – to see new
things. “Looking at the fish” sums up my desire to attend graduate school. I am
ready to find my own answers and to see what others have not seen.