Where are YOU going?

I'm new to this whole blog thing, so if someone out there is actually reading this, I hope you enjoy! I suppose the best way to start this is with where I have been and where I am going. I spend a lot of time just thinking to myself about my past and my future. It helps me avoid mistakes I've made in the past and helps me keep moving forward. Sometimes writing those ideas down is not a bad idea.

Where have I been?

I don't even know where to start...I'm 20 years old and a lot has happened in my life. Before IU, I attended a Catholic high school in Fort Wayne, IN. As much as I loved that time in my life, I am so much happier where I am now (more of that later though). In high school, I was involved with band, choir, and many, many other things. I was so busy all of the time, but it kept me motivated and it worked for me. I would always set goals for myself and would do anything to achieve those goals. For example, I became set on traveling to Spain with the IU honors program. For those of you reading this that don't know what this program is, it is an intensive study abroad program for high school students to travel to another country with programs currently in Spain, Mexico, Germany, and France. Students spend 7 weeks in the city they are placed living with a host family and attending classes. The most important rule however is no English. The entire time abroad, the student is not allowed to speak anything other than the language they are studying. Imagine going 7 weeks without speaking English, sounds kind of scary right? I was terrified, but I managed to survive and actually consider my trip to Spain one of my greatest experiences. I grew so much as a person from my experience abroad and when I came home I was unable to speak English! Other than that, in high school I was a very focused and dedicated student and I achieved whatever I put my mind to. 

Now more of my current past...

I've been studying at IU for the past 2 years. I'm studying chemistry and I'm a pre-med student. I've always wanted to be a doctor and will do whatever it takes to achieve it. As a freshman a few years ago, I did not really want to get too involved. I was scared of getting as busy as I was in high school because I knew the classes would be much harder. I lived in the Global Village, which is a living community in Foster that is for those who are interested in learning languages and studying abroad. Although I never got involved much with the LLC, I did meet some of my best friends and current roommates there. I did however manage to get extremely busy with something else even though I promised myself I wouldn't. By something else, I am referring to ballroom dance. I heard about the club and was excited to find out that no experience or partner was necessary. I joined without even thinking as I have always wanted to learn how to dance, but never got a chance. I get to attend lessons and compete in different cities throughout the year. I have really come a long way as a dancer since I started 2 years ago. This past year, I added even more to my busy schedule by rushing Alpha Chi Sigma, the co-ed chemistry fraternity. Joining AXSigma was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met the most amazing people and have had so many great opportunities through the fraternity. 

Now on to where I am going...

I am still aiming for medical school and have been working really hard to achieve this. I work hard, but I often wonder if its enough. However, I am trying as hard as I can, so I can't do much more. In dance, my partner and I have been taking private lessons and practicing lots of hours. I would like to advance more in our level and hopefully come home with some ribbons. I have also been volunteering at a dialysis center and would like to put in more time there especially with patient interaction to hopefully brighten someone's day. I also have many specific goals especially regarding academics as well.

So that is a very general idea of where I have been and where I would like to go. If anyone is actually reading this, I encourage you to think about your past and your future. Just take some time to think about what you want in life and maybe try and avoid some of those mistakes you've made in the past.

About The Author
Rikki LuebkePremed student studying Chemistry, minors in Spanish and Biology

I am a Premed student at Indiana University studying Chemistry with minors in Spanish and Biology. 

I stay very busy with my involvement with different groups on campus. I have been a member of the IU Ballroom Dance Club for two years now and enjoy spending time and competing with my team. I was initiated into Alpha Chi Sigma (Co-ed Chemistry Fraternity) in the fall of 2012 and love my brothers more than anything. I also spend time volunteering at a dialysis center in town. 

I am excited to share my experiences at IU with you and hope you enjoy reading about them!