Over the holiday break, one of my highlights was being able to attend the College Football Playoffs National Championship game in Tampa, Florida. I’m not sure how many of you follow college football, but this is the second year in a row that the Clemson Tigers made it to nationals against Alabama. For those also who don’t know, I am a die-hard, proud Clemson alumni – class of 2014.
The atmosphere of the game was incredible being among my fellow Tiger fans in the stadium. At the beginning of the game, we were losing 14-0. Naturally, Clemson fans were a little disappointed, but we never stopped cheering our team on to keep pushing. Long story short, the game fluctuated back and forth, with us leading, then Alabama leading, and so forth. Lots of tension on both sides. Then, when we thought we were going to lose, within less than 10 seconds on the clock, Clemson scored a final touchdown and we ended up winning the championship 35-31! The Tigers broke Alabama’s 26-game win streak, as well as crushing the number 1 team in college football!
I chose to write about this event, not only because of how proud I am and how emotional I get every time, but because it relates to my experience in medical school. This is my last and final semester of basic sciences, and the stress and tension is real to succeed and move onto Step 1. One of Clemson football’s slogans is “BRING YOUR OWN GUTS” (B.Y.O.G.) This pertains to all of us in medical school. As medical students, we need to give our 100% and more. We need to bring our everything, make the sacrifices, put our heart and souls into medicine, and fight until the very end to achieve what we came here to do. We have to keep the end goal in mind and ALWAYS fight for what we want.
I’m planning to start my final semester of basic sciences with “B.Y.O.G.” in mind – keeping in mind why I am here, what I am doing, what’s coming ahead, and remembering every day to put my heart and soul (and guts!) into what I am working towards! I am refreshed and ready to CRUSH my last semester!