"On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow."
Although I am in the midst of frantically typing a paper and studying for my Physics midterm tomorrow (today I guess), I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about the importance of persistence. I had applied for a competitive national scholarship, for which I was unsuccessful. For the past few hours, I kept thinking about the late nights, how much effort I had put into the application, preparing for the interview, and how all of that had been a waste. But, the thing that I kept ignoring was how much I learned about myself from my application. The questions made me ponder about the next forty years of my life, where I wanted to be, and what I wanted to do. They helped me shape my vision for international medicine; gain a clearer picture of my goals and aspirations. It was heart-wrenching to know that I had failed to advance in the competition, but it was heart-warming to see that my passions for global health, human justice, and ethics have been intricately interwoven into every aspect of my life. Sometimes our efforts will be in vain, but our hard-work will never go to waste. I think that's the beauty of perseverance.