“What made you so interested in Botany? Did you always know you wanted to study plants?”. No. Ever since I was a little girl all I wanted to do in life was be a Doctor. Whenever my mom would come home from work I could smell the hospital soap on her and I would get an immediate high. All I wanted was to be a Doctor. I have over 600 hours in the hospital along with other competitive pre-medical extracurriculars but it really all changed for me when I took my medical service trip to Haiti in Summer 2017. My heart was with plants not medicine. Sure, I could still go to medical school but I don’t want to. I’m still adjusting with the change and I don’t regret my career shift. I don’t envy you pre-med students one bit and I was one of them. Studying plants are my dream come true. I know plants are for me because there is a part of me that feels intertwined with them. Plants teach me things that humans can’t. Everything about botany gets me excited, the outdoors, drawing, everything. I consider myself a VERY lazy artist because I won’t spend more than 5 minutes drawing. It used to drive my mom crazy because she would put me in these art classes which I loved but drawing isn’t very fun to me even though in theory I can draw “well”. I just choose not to spend a lot of time/effort on it. I think I like botany a lot because drawing things out really speaks to me.