Wednesday, January 25, 2006


you know when people tell you you have such 'potential'? i was thinking (while pipetting, yesterday) that this is almost always based on a one-dimensional strength, without consideration of possibly fatal flaws that might throw all potential out the window. for example, lots of people told me that i had music potential, but my inability to sit still for long enough to practice that stuff prevented my from getting truly great. and it might have LOOKED like i had potential to be a great future surgeon based on my grades and test scores in college (and ability to wake up early), but my lack-of-talent (to put it mildly) for remembering where stuff is located in the complicated mess of body we all have -- not to mention my lack-of-talent for tolerating lack-of-sleep -- obviously makes this an impossibility.

i realize that sometimes it's okay to do things when you're not fantastic at them -- that's why i'm still training for marathons, despite my middle-of-the-pack status. but i worry about doing things that are not on the 'exceptional' list that are supposed to become careers. right now i wish i felt like i was better at science, in general. maybe i'll end up with some alterna-career that is science related, but capitalizes on my actual abilities. or maybe my experiments will start working and i'll have to revise this list.

things that i am (or was) exceptionally good at:

1. singing/music
2. taking tests, especially standardized ones
3. taking notes/writing with nice handwriting
4. getting the word puzzle on the will shortz show on npr (usually)

things that i am pretty good at:

1. writing non serious things, although i'm quite serious about this particular entry
2. teaching kaplan
3. baking

things that i am just okay at -- if that:

1. lab (this one worries me)
2. taking care of patients as a med student
3. running (although i am exceptionally good about being disciplined about my training schedule)
4. back in high school: cheerleading. and i so WANTED to be good.

things that i am terrible at:

1. directions - figuring out how to get ANYWHERE
2. seeing without my contacts
3. any sort of sport involving a ball
4. staying up late
5. anatomy

1 comment:

  1. you know the old saying, "those that can't do, teach"? as harsh as that may sound, there's some great wisdom in it. if you feel that one of your strengths is teaching, and you're able to retain information well, maybe you'd be best suited in a mentoring role?

    and if you're serious about a non-serious entry, does it not, by definition, become a serious entry? so, by association, you become good at writing serious entries. =)