Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. White Coat Ceremony

Nathan Lee  2014 Metamora High School Graduate

(Submitted with the approval of Nathan Lee:)

Today I started my journey in the medical field with the acceptance of my white coat!
I cannot count how many times I have stood back from what I was studying and been amazed at where God has placed me. He gave me a passion for studying medicine, and all of the words in the world could not describe the emotions and happiness I feel to actually be able to do what I am doing.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point today including my parents, wife, family, friends, and mentors. In no way would I be here today without them.

I don't want this to sound prideful, but instead motivational and inspirational for others who may be on the same path I once was.
When I say I am continually amazed at being in medical school, I mean it. Here's why:
In middle school, I was an awful student academically. Always getting in trouble for never doing my homework and therefore got lackluster grades. (Now I know middle school grades aren't important, but this is just the beginning of my story.)
It wasn't my parent's fault. It wasn't my teacher's fault. I just had no vision as to why what I was learning mattered. In my mind, if there was no end goal that I was working towards, then it was not worth doing. My mom and dad nearly held me back a year in middle school to make sure I stayed on track.
In high school, not much changed regarding my school work. I was a C average student, and I don't even think I knew what the word "study" meant. The only Honors class I took in high school I ended up dropping halfway through the semester. I still didn't have a passion, and therefore nothing to motivate me to do my best. I ended up graduating in the bottom half of my class.
In the last semester of my senior year of high school, something did change. I realized, with the help of my parent's consistent support and numerous other mentors, family members, and friends advice, that I had a passion for helping people. I had been serving in my church ever since I could remember due to my parent's involvement.
Along with my interest in serving others, I found that I enjoyed learning about the human body. In college, I did struggle early on because of my sub-par attempt at "learning" basic concepts in high school. But I had enough support from those around me to continue to push me to reach my goals, no matter how hard it may be.
Starting out in college, the idea of me going to medical school was laughable. It was not even a possibility in my mind. The deeper I got into the sciences, the more I realized that it was my passion. I started to succeed in my classes.
Those around me, again, kept telling me to push myself. They told me that I could do anything! My senior year of college I decided to apply to medical school and got accepted...
This is why it amazes me every time I walk through the doors of my medical school because I did not accomplish this on my own. At every step of my life, I have had so many people telling me that I can do anything I set my mind to but I first had to find that thing to set my mind to!
I continually thank God for placing all of the people in my life that helped me get to this point. It's so important to surround yourself with people who are going to motivate you to become the best you. Without them, I know I would not be here today.
Putting on the White Coat for the first time means more to me than the beginning of my journey in medicine. It means that anyone can do this. Anyone! I was never the most intelligent in my class. Never did I have the best grades. After I found my calling, I was always the hardest worker.
So now I get to devote myself to my passion for the rest of my life, until the day I die. And no matter how hard the journey will be, I will be smiling and joyful through every step, because I am blessed to be in this position, and so many of my future patients are counting on me.

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