Sydney Cohen: My Story

Hi, my name is Sydney Cohen and I’m so grateful that I get to be part of the Mindstrong Young Minds team this year! I think it’s so important to talk about how we’re feeling so that’s what I’m going to do! Pretty much anyone that has met me, even for only five minutes, knows that I want to be a doctor and have been this way since the age of two. It’s nice to think about what you want to do in the future when you’re young because it’s far away. Now, it’s right around the corner for me and I couldn’t be more anxious about it. This year, I’ve been preparing to apply to Pre-Med which leads you right into medical school. I can’t think of one day in the past year that I haven’t thought about pre-med at least 50 times a day. Because I want this so badly for myself, my fear of failure has grown so strong during this process that I’ve questioned even applying at all. I’ve struggled with the urge to just give up and I wonder constantly if I’ll be happy with myself if I don’t get in. I realized that I’ve been putting so much pressure on myself to succeed and perform that it’s destroying me. However, I’m currently in the process of trying to teach myself something that I think we should all try to remember: the only thing that we can do is our best.


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