"Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor." --Brian Tracy

I’ve always been one to look into the future. While I am also a strong proponent of living in the present, I’ve found that keeping a careful eye on where I want to head in life and taking control and responsibility of my future is an integral part of my personal success. I am determined and motivated to strive for both my immediate and long-term goals, such as becoming a doctor, and I know that hard work, effort, and a constantly adapting but, nevertheless, clear and organized plan will lead me the places I want to go in life.


“Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” --Thomas Merton

Balance is multi-faceted; it deals with emotions, beliefs, and actions. Striking a balance with all the various aspects of my life is often challenging, but is something I find necessary to keep me grounded. My priorities deal largely with my academics: thoroughly understanding class material and performing at a level that I can by proud of myself. However, it’s also important to me to find time for extracurriculars and to spend time with the people who mean the most to me and make me a happier person. In addition, I try to find a middle ground between having a confident attitude and being the humble person I would like people, including myself to respect. 


“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” --Tom Robbins

I realize that my own beliefs and opinions are not conclusive - that gaining and understanding of what others think and how others perceive the world is just as important as following my own goals and path through life. Learning is a continuous process that stems largely from understanding others, accepting them for their differences, and maybe even extracting bits and pieces of their life philosophy to supplement your own. At the very least, I strive to attain respect for what others believe in and their motivation for doing so. Traveling to other places, such as Spain, has really ingrained in me this idea of adaptation, understanding, and trying new things. 


“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” 
--William Arthur Ward

Life is Serious. Challenging. Disappointing. Stressful. But one thing that makes it bearable and enjoyable even when I’m in a dismal mood is Humor. Laughter. Sharing laughter with friends. Being witty. Situational Irony. Smiling at something funny or silly to get you through the day. To me, humor has such remedial effects and is yet another aspect of a way I incorporate balance in my daily life.