I should be studying for my biochemistry midterm; but instead, I’m thinking of poetry.

The powerpoint slides currently on my desk explain the tetrahedral molecular conformation of an intermediate step in a catalytic mechanism. But the second I saw “tetrahedral,” I thought of the “tetrameter” structure of the poems we were discussing in my Intro to Poetry class today and of ballads, which go from tetrameter (4 beats per line) to trimeter (3 beats per line),

Of words received delightfully:

Arranged through metric string

That when are said, can’t help but sing

In graceful harmony.

And suddenly I’ve gone from writing biochemistry molecules to poetry lines. I’m a Writing Seminars Major in the pre-medical track so my schedule is a myriad of courses in English, History and Philosophy along with Biology, Chemistry and Math. That means two things:

  1. I get to pursue topics that interest me in different fields, rounding out a holistic academic education.
  2. It’s really hard to focus on a single thing.

Hopkins offers a liberal arts education, which allows students the freedom to pursue anything and everything you’re interested in. If that means double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish, you can do that. In my case, it means combining my passion for medicine with my interest for the humanities. One day, I’d like to be a physician that understands both the physiology of what we are, along with the philosophy of who we are. In short, a person that deals with both molecular tetrahedrals and iambic tetrameters, hopefully without getting too confused along the way.