Using your privilege.

After 2 months, today is my last day volunteering for the Sick Kids Foundation.

Commuting to Toronto every morning to go to a research tower and help a researcher with his stem cell research has been nothing short of incredible, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Working with such an incredible team of students and researchers was so awakening, and it was such a strong reminder of why I chose Science as the field in which I wish to pursue my career. I want to help change this world using Science, and seeing it happen firsthand by the researchers in the lab blew me away.

I think I’m finally beginning to understand why we (all students, not just Science students) take courses that seem so content-heavy. It’s because there’s so much to learn about the world, and we need this fundamental knowledge to further our pursuit of understanding the universe.

We’re so privileged. We’re so privileged because we have the right to an education. I know that phrase has been so worn out, but it has been worn out because of the truth behind it. The fact that we live in a time where information is so easily accessible makes us incredibly lucky. I refuse to die without making some sort of scientific mark on this world. It doesn’t even have to be enormous, it can be the smallest thing, but it should be a lead. A lead that can be used to further our communal knowledge of the universe (which could be ANYTHING, no matter how big or small). 

This isn’t a post meant to glorify Science students, or to suggest that Science is better/more important than any other field. No matter what field you’re in, you can make your mark on the world. My point is solely that we’ve got to take a step back from the worries and stresses of examinations, midterms, assignments, and presentations. We’ve got to take a step back and remember why we’re there in the first place.

Why are we studying what we’re studying? Do we enjoy what we’re studying? If we don’t enjoy it, why are we doing it? Are we passionate about it? If you’re passionate enough about something, you can leave your mark. You just have to be patient, hone your skills, and work hard. We’re privileged enough to be surrounded by academic institutions which give us the option to study something we love and enjoy. 

So use your privilege, because you’re not just doing a service to yourself by pursuing something you’re passionate about; you’re doing a service to the world.