Junior Year: The Self Discovery Phase of College

This year has been such a whirlwind. It definitely has been the hardest but the most exciting year of college so far. I have grown so much both socially and professionally. I have experienced more changes in my life than ever before whether it was good or bad. Overall, I am very happy with my life.

One of the biggest changes is my classes. I started my Quantitative Sciences major this semester. I did not know anyone in my classes. However, after talking to people I discovered that a lot of people are in the same boat as me. That was a comforting feeling. There isn’t a single class that I dread and I am truly interested in the statistics field. I am very happy that I made the right decision to switch majors.

The second biggest challenge was balancing everything. I recently joined a new research lab and had a huge learning curve. I had to quickly brush up on my neuroscience knowledge and remember all of my Matlab skills. I also joined two new clubs: Her Campus Emory and Digital Ambassadors for Emory Undergraduate Admissions. They are not as big of commitments as expected thankfully. I also have to worry about fall recruiting which is something that is brand new to me. I didn’t realize how different recruiting is for different industries. I was used to writing essays instead of cover letters, and skype interview instead of technical interviews. I didn’t have anyone to help with this process. Most of my friend are all pre-med and my parents are not familiar with the recruiting process in the technology fields.

I have grown so much because of all these experiences. However, I wouldn’t have any other way. I would not be the person I am today without these obstacles and hurdles.

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