The Gift of Confirmation

Baptism and Confirmation are two sacraments categorized within the “initiation” stage of our lifelong process of receiving God’s grace.  Baptism endows citizenship to Heaven while Confirmation calls us to live and bear witness to the Christian life.  In hindsight, I recognize how my heart was turned back in the fall of 2016 to receive the … Continue reading The Gift of Confirmation

I’m not a college athlete, but I’m still getting coached.

How do you react to failure?  Most of us feel embarrassed and defeated.  It knocks the wind out of us and makes us want to hide away from the world for a while. I've found that this reaction is going to occur regardless of your mindset.  However, I've also found that my role models, those … Continue reading I’m not a college athlete, but I’m still getting coached.

The Importance of Mentorship in Surgery

I am so honored to have my perspective on mentorship in surgery featured through Women in Thoracic Surgery!  Please check it out here: http://wtsnet.org/wts-medical-student-perspective/.  You should also read about the experiences of two other medical students as they journey into the field (much further along than I!). I dedicate this writing to my mentors.  Thank you … Continue reading The Importance of Mentorship in Surgery

Compassion, as we know it, is misguided.

Compassion is defined as sympathy and the desire to alleviate suffering. "To be compassionate" is merely to feel something about a situation. That's it. Understanding without action. First, I think about the concept of salvation on the basis of faith and good works. Just as all truly valuable things on this earth, salvation isn't free. God … Continue reading Compassion, as we know it, is misguided.

In a world of increasing competition, we must celebrate the success of others.

In light of my decision to receive the holy sacrament of Confirmation next year, I am beginning a mini blog series--some posts more religious in nature, others secular--to document my journey to strengthen my faith. This last year of college is a perfect time to commit to the process after having discovered more about myself in college, … Continue reading In a world of increasing competition, we must celebrate the success of others.

DeBakey Program Pre-Orientation: The Role of Preparation in Leadership

An executive, my dad has always coached me on the significance of having an elevator pitch at hand for one-on-one “VIP opportunities.”  Recently, I had one of these moments as I was leaving my research lab at BCM, when I ran into a surgical division chief on the elevator.  Frankly, I was a little too … Continue reading DeBakey Program Pre-Orientation: The Role of Preparation in Leadership