Before going on the trip, I expected nothing to happen really. Nothing significant in the sense of personal development or change. I thought that it was going to be like any other trip I went on, as I traveled so much from a young age, it became something I took for granted. When I came back, I realized that it really did change me as a person. It allowed me to do soul searching (I know it’s a sappy word) and to make some really important decisions about my life. At that point, I knew I wanted to do something with health care, but I was a bit hesitant about med school, and even my undergrad. It helped me to become more confident and say to myself, “Look you are going to med school, you are going to finish your undergrad in four years, and you are going to be awesome.”
Going on the trip connected me to my professor who in turn asked me and some other participants if we wanted to study the effects that traveling has on students while they’re in university. That is something I’m learning and studying now. Had I not gone on this trip, I would not have made this great connection with my prof and I wouldn’t be able to do this ROP (research Opportunity program).
After the Peru trip, I watch people more. I’m very much a people watcher, to understand people more, not in the sense of stalking. There are so many different people in Canada, and everyone kind of conforms to the North American culture in a sense. In Peru, I would watch the people there due to language barriers, and coming back, I applied that to my daily life as I was just trying to understand people. Doing less talking and more listening, and watching. Looking for body language. I think that it’s very important for a person to do that because so many of us spend so much time talking, and don’t spend time listening as much. The more we listen the more we understand people, the more we can form better relationships. I want to be the doctor that people like and will want to come to. It’s not because of money, it’s because I want to have good relationships with my patients. I want to be able understand them.
Reflection: “I am a human that wants to listen to your problems. I want to listen and observe. I want to gain your trust.”