2 weeks ago
I came to the us in 2009 with 5 days worth of clothes. my plan was to get my green card and then go back to taiwan. because i didn't have a high school degree and i didnt know english, i thought there was no way i could survive in this place.
however, my cousin @bartkwan
told me that the us education system is unique. they have what are called community colleges where people can take classes and transfer to a university. he shared his transfer experience with me.
i decided to give it a try. i spent 6 months in adult school to learn basic esl so at least i could buy mcdonald's without pointing to pictures. i then spent 3.5 years in community college, learning about topics and subjects i had no idea about. however, this time wasn’t easy. on top of learning a new language, making new friends, and understanding american culture, i suffered spontaneous pneumothorax(collapsed lung) twice and i was hospitalized for 10 days. that experience changed me and made me want to become a doctor to help others. i studied hard and i transferred to #5
ranked public university in the country, ucsb
after spending another 2.5 year i finally graduated from ucsb, and i was accepted into cal state la post-bacc program. during my time there, i discovered podiatric medicine thru my friend's dad who was the first podiatric surgeon performing total ankle replacements in la. after spending a couple days with him, i knew this was the field for me.
fast forward, now and i am a 2nd year student doctor. although there is still a long and tough road ahead of me (2.5 years of school left plus another 3 years for surgical residency), i am ready for it and excited for what the future holds for me. these last 10 years have been a rollercoaster for me, filled with many highs and unexpected lows. but these experiences simply add to my wild story called life. to those out there struggling with their journey, embrace the bumps and learn from them. use those trying times as motivation and plan the next step in your journey accordingly. besides, what’s life without a little bit of struggle to overcome?!