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Newsletter 1

Personal Update:

Spring semester has started off with a bang! Nope, my peers and I are just in the slow wind-up waiting for the first punch to strike. Classes are going well though—mechanical design of machines is shaping up to be the hardest class I’ve had, while I reconvene with molecular biology friends in biochemistry after taking only mechanical engineering classes last semester. 

In other news, I’m going on a mission’s trip to Boston, MA with Cedarville University’s Global Outreach program. We’re planning on helping several church plants in the area in their ministries, while connecting with locals as we (upperclassmen) consider co-vocational postgraduate ministry and service opportunities. 

I’m currently researching MD/PhD programs and application requirements, learning how to integrate my love for cheap, decentralized medical and service technologies with my desire to serve others. It seems the MD/PhD uniquely equips an individual to enable and equip others, and I’m hoping to take advantage of that in my preparation, education, and execution of the degree. I’m looking for undergraduate research opportunities and have applied to several internships to that end. However, if all else fails, I’m excited to visit a friend in West Africa whose family built and runs a rural hospital. This experience would likely open my eyes to the immense need, and therefore incredible opportunity, for affordable technological development and application (in all sectors). 

Fascinating Topic:

I recently learned about several companies looking to apply the technology of airships(aka. lighter than air aircraft).

This technology has the potential to solve problems surrounding the transport of cargo and materials to remote locations. 

Things I’m Learning: 

  • There’s a time and place for everything.
  • Kindness and humility go a long way in all arenas, especially in the workplace and in school.
  • If you aspire to be something, act like it now, not later. If you want to be a professional, dress like it, act like, and therefore be it. 
  • Don’t expect a switch to flip one day and you’re somehow the person you want to be (e.g. graduating from highschool or graduate school). Carpe diem! Be the person you want to be now, and work towards it. Live life in the present, working hard (100%) at whatever you’re doing.
  • Everyone has a category in their mind “I want to do xyz one day, but I can’t do it right now because ‘I’m not there yet.’” This is faulty thinking, be the person and do the things you want to do and be now. There’s (generally) no sense in waiting.