The Unknown

I’ve never exactly known what I want to do when I “grow up”. For a while I was pre-med, then I wanted to be a nurse practitioner, now I may want to go into research and study epidemiology. My interests are in constant fluctuation and although I may never know exactly what my ideal career goal is, this internship has helped me examine a career path I would have never explored.

Through this internship I have gained invaluable information regarding my genuine career and academic interests. Exposure to the research associated with the Boston University (BU) School of Medicine and the BU School of Public Health (BUSPH) has introduced me to a new career idea: the unknown. I am finding that instead of pinpointing one specific career goal, I am allowed to be open to opportunities that arise as I move forward. One such opportunity is the Aging Well Institute run through the BUSPH and my boss this summer. I will be interning for this cutting-edge, Internet of Things public health center in the fall. Usually completely techno-lost, I am thrilled to be exploring a new dimension of healthcare despite its deviance from clinical healthcare.

My internship at the Framingham Heart Study has drastically widened my career path. Formerly, I completely excluded research from my career interests, as I assumed it was tedious and boring.  I may not want to do research for the rest of my life, but I consider it a valid potential job in the near future. This subtle change in interest has completely shifted the way I am now thinking about my career goals. I still would like to work in a healthcare-affiliated field, but my options are now wide open. This has been perhaps the biggest learning moment for me this summer, as instead of precisely focusing on one career, I am open to exploring and trying new things.

Written by Hannah Bowlin, BC Class of 2018

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