"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day."
--Charles R. Swindoll, renown inspirational author
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a strong familial support structure in a friendly community atmosphere of Satellite Beach, Florida. My mother has this gentle air about her, seeming to float from stressful situations with this caring, positive attitude. She embodies Swindoll's message that "we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day," by consistently choosing to find good in almost all situations. Similarly, my grandmother has always supported me through life's endeavors while providing thoughtful advice that good things happen around good people.
At the young age of seven, my mom introduced me and a group of my classmates to Odyssey of the Mind. Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teaches children and students of all ages creative, collaborative problem solving methods in a uniquely fun manner. She volunteered as our coach and supported us to compete in the primary division of our local Space Coast Regional Division. Since then, my mom has coached a team, which included myself, almost every year of my early school career (2nd-7th grade), then she continued to coach a team including my little brother for a few years. With her as my guide, I began volunteering with OM throughout high school and college. I helped organize spontaneous clinics, judging the primary division and being a "runner" at the regional competition. In 2007, I was awarded the Carol Rowell Outstanding High School Student Award for my consistent efforts and time spent volunteering. I truly believe OM has provided me with great experiences and invaluable creative problem solving education, regardless of the fact that my team never won a competition. After I moved to Eugene, I searched for the regional OM community and discovered there is one region - the entire state. I am very excited to bring my experience to this budding OM program.
With my family's support in mind, I want to bring their caring attitude to all my future patients by truly listening to their problems, issues and chief complaint to better understand and treat the whole person. My experiences with Odyssey of the Mind, as well as years of food service experience, have provided me with opportunities to collaborate with individuals of all ages. This ability to communicate will be very important for my future as a physician. While recognizing that bad things do happen to people, I believe a good attitude and time can help maintain a good quality of life in an individual and a community. I hope to share the flame of positivity and caring nature with fellow people, in hopes they will continue their life with a more positive outlook, so this flame can spread like wildfire.