When I think about my childhood, I am tossed back to Kearsarge Street, a small road in a peaceful neighborhood full of children’s laughter. I remember vividly the first time that I tried to ride a bike, it was a beautiful, sunny day, and the trees were waving in the wind. I had my parents and my big brother supporting and encouraging me along the way. They taught me how to balance, how to push the pedals, and to strongly grip the handlebars so that I didn’t fall off. I remember feeling scared that I was going to injure myself, but I was too curious and excited to eventually be able to ride around with my siblings and the neighborhood kids that I never gave up no matter how many times I fell off, and I fell off a lot. In fact, I have a scar on my right leg to remind me of the amount of times I failed. Although, a few hours after beginning this journey I successfully rode up and down the street without falling, and could proudly exclaim that I could ride a bike.
I can relate this experience to my journey in the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) department. Despite being a senior, I am fairly new to the IDS world, I entered the program last semester after not making it in the Nursing program. Initially, I was terrified, just like my experience with trying to learn how to ride a bike, it was new territory and I had no idea how things were going to go. Although, I was curious and excited at the same time, I knew the journey was going to be hard but I loved the idea of being able to build my own major around something that I am passionate about. IDS is a different type of learning style, it gives you the ability to be yourself, create something you love, and overall take charge of your education. Throughout my time as an IDS student, there have been many times where I “hit the ground”, there have been road blocks and different issues that I had to overcome even when it seemed impossible. Despite all of the challenges I still persevered, learned, grew as an individual, and now I am in my last semester feeling confident and looking forward to the opportunities that this program has opened up for me.