As some of you may know, I am an independent scholar who studies the history of medicine during the 18th century. I am just starting my junior year of my undergrad, but have already given multiple lectures, including at the national level and have 2 more national conferences scheduled for this year.
I work a full time job, while going to school full time, and researching. People look at me and say:
I don’t fully agree. Yes, I am building my way towards success. Yes, I am killing myself and putting my academic and from there professional success before everything else. Yes, I am willing to do whatever it takes and look forward to never having to stay in one place more than 5 years. But, this is not all me.
My first lecture was with the Medical History Society of New Jersey. I was fed up with my job. I was fed up with fencing. I had stopped dancing. All I wanted to do was do something that made me happy. I had already researched the history of medicine for about a decade and I wanted to talk about what I knew. I was lucky – after discussing my research with one of the past president’s, I was allowed to lecture. That was in May 2011.
That I did on my own. Since then, I have been mentored by friends in academic roles. People have talked to museums, newspapers, libraries, local book stores, historical societies, even universities on my behalf. Through their connections, I’m a lecturer at a local university – in their History of Medicine lectureship program. I have spoken to the public at museums and set up exhibits in hospitals. It’s been amazing.
Sometimes I’ll post something to facebook and think that the road is a dead end. But, then a friend will introduce me to someone who shows me the way around the roadblock. And, before I know it, I’m getting somewhere… going further that some PhD’s that I know… and I’m only at the beginning of my journey.
So, the road to success is not traveled alone. I wouldn’t be half a far as I am now without my friends. So, my road to success looks more like this:
I love you guys. Thank you so much for making this road easier to travel.