“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I started 2013 anxious. I was worried about the then-upcoming application process to medical school and whether or not my decision to apply to medical school straight out of college would be the best decision.

The moment I stepped into my first premedical requirement at Princeton, I made it my mission to forge close relationships with the other individuals in my class. Princeton is difficult! Being a premedical student at Princeton is difficult! Difficult journeys are not as bad when you have friends in the same boat. A lot of those friends are not longer interested in becoming physicians but many of my friends who still identify as pre-medical students have decided to take a gap year. And so (and rightly so), I was anxious.

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