In 2019, what area are you “making space” for?
“A fundamental part of my life that has helped me reach my goals and that will help me achieve my dreams, is organization, along with perseverance and responsibility.
With these crucial skills and my desire to make an impact, in 2019, I’m Making Space for Big Challenges”Mariana Flores, Student at Harvard Medical School
Share your journey and why this is important to you
For me, 2019 means a year of facing challenges. A year full of changes.
Last year I got to graduate and get my bachelor’s degree as a biomedical engineer. Although it was a very exciting time, it was also a watershed moment in my life that made me realize my professional life had just begun.
As exciting as that sounds, I realized I still wasn’t very clear about where I wanted to go from here. I am taking this year to commit to discovering my path and my purpose.
At the beginning of the year, I decided to start a process to be admitted to a research program in a Harvard laboratory, and guess what! I got in! One of my many dreams came true and now I’m in HARVARD! I still can’t believe it.
Being here, I have realized that I still have a lot to give and better yet, I have many tools at my fingertips to increase my potential. So recently, I have set new goals, such as developing an application and eventually owning my own technology company.
But my mind does not rest, and there is an artistic side that is always shouting at me “please do not neglect me”, so I am also focusing on making a great space for cultural activities such as dancing and writing as well.
The road that I have traveled has not been completely full of roses and sweetness. I have worked hard and I have searched many places to obtain resources and the necessary support and during this journey, I have realized that the crucial skills that has helped me reach my goals and that will help me achieve my dreams is organization, perseverance and responsibility.
Making space for all those projects that I want to do is very important for me right now because I feel it is now when I have the resources to do them. I am in a magical place. I have excellent friends and acquaintances that will help me to achieve my goals and I have the rare opportunity in life to dedicate myself, to listen and to value what I want and what I dream.
How would you like to inspire others?
Looking at my classmates, my colleagues and my teachers, I realize that we are all different and have different ways of learning and seeing life but there is advice we can all benefit from:
- Always be yourself and concentrate on finding and living your passion
- Do not stress yourself over minor or unimportant details
- Do not focus so much on making money in the early years. If you work on what you love, the money will come along
- Meet other people, make contacts, make friends. Student and work-life becomes better if you are next to someone with whom you feel comfortable and happy
- Set goals and have clear objectives so you can plan your actions based on a specific outcome
- Don’t be so hard on yourself when you don’t know the answer. Remember that nobody is born knowing anything so we should make space for learning and growing
- Be confident in yourself. There is no one else like you. Nobody can do things the same way you do them. You are special and if you work with perseverance and dedication, everything is possible
How do you use LifeSpace to achieve your goals personally and professionally?
One of the main things in my life is organization, so I have found this application quite useful for setting tasks and organizing what I need to do.
With so many projects and so many challenges, I am more confident that I will accomplish them all and not neglect any.
I find in LifeSpace a “superhero” platform when working with a team. Thanks to this application I can communicate with my team, share ideas quickly, and make contributions without getting confused.
LifeSpace is literally helping me “make space” for all the things I want to do in my day-to-day and to have all the resources for each class and each project organized and in one place, saving me a lot of time.
Provide a link for people to check out what you are up to
On my LinkedIn profile you can find the classes and courses that I have taken as well as some places and enterprises that I have visited.
Maybe you find some coincidences with my interests and activities.
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