Bobbie Ridgely, spoke of many important skill sets and experiences you need in order to be successful. She showed how tasks that may not seem related to other careers, can in actuality, help give you the exact skills you need to succeed. She was able to breakdown the 5 needed skills and link them back to her experiences as a mechanical engineer. Understanding what is needed of you in a specific job and being able to work in order to develop those capabilities is very important.
Though the entirety of the speech was very insightful, what truly stuck with me was how her father responded to the pick-up truck accident and her later struggles in college. “Was anyone hurt? Can you continue?” Living life by answering these two questions really simplifies stressful situations. I found myself reaching points in my life where I faced failure and the continued stress got to me. That’s why I really really related to the story she said about her college class. I wasn’t the best in math or sciences in high school, so my guidance counselor crossed out medicine as option for me. From that point I gave up on trying to succeed in chemistry and biology because in my mind it just wasn’t possible. I went to college thinking I could never be smart enough to be a doctor so why even try. But, this passion for medicine never left me. I worked at doctors offices, volunteered in hospitals and went on medical missions. None of that mattered though, because I just kept telling myself I wasn’t smart enough to be a doctor. Just recently I decided that I could do it and I’m a senior in college graduating with 0 pre-med requirements. I wish I had someone that asked me those two questions when I didn’t get an A in my chemistry class in 9th grade. Did anyone get hurt? NO! Can you continue? Yes, of course I can. 7 years later I’m answering those questions and I do plan on going to medical school.