Before we begin, if you didn’t read the title of this blog like the song from Enchanted, go back and do so.
Ok, now that the tone of this post has been established, let’s begin.
Since day one, I’ve talked a lot about being an engineer, of the BME specificity. But what exactly is BME? Well, when used together, those three letters stand for biomedical engineering, which can indicate anything from designing organs to designing imaging devices.
Until recently, that is about as much as I could tell you.
I didn’t come into college with an insane number of AP credits that applied to my major (see also: the fives on AP US and AP Psych that mean the equivalent of a gold star or smiley face sticker) or credits from other colleges. Because of this, my last two semesters have been full of straight science and math classes, such as the very broad Calculus II and General Physics I.
I love science and math as much as the next guy (maybe slightly more), but these classes can seem like an endless tunnel into the abyss of plain facts and formulae, without any clear connection to what I want to do with my life.
Before you start getting concerned about my mental health (Mom…), this is where the tone of this blog post turns around and back toward the sunshine.
This semester, I am on a design team, which is a team of BME undergrads that work together to solve a real-world problem in the medical field. We’re given real money, real constraints, and a real problem, and have to use our combined brainpower to design a solution. Like real engineers, we do everything from designing prototypes and computer models to running lab tests and giving business presentations.
My design team is great. We’re like a dysfunctional family, with each of us somehow filling the capacity of “weird uncle,” and as a team, we’ve been presented with a plethora of opportunities.
We’ve gotten to stand in the OR during surgeries (cool), go to Florida to meet with our sponsors (cooler), and present to doctors specializing in our project’s field (almost as cool as Florida).
It was during one of these recent presentations that I had my realization. As I spoke about our project, I found myself getting excited about what we were doing and fixing a real problem in the health care world. I could see the end goal of my studies and had the this-is-what-I-want-to-do moment.
That excitement? That’s how you know that your field is right for you.