Nothing like a new week! I was helping my sister cram a semester's worth of biology-literally-for the last 2 weeks for exam#4 and cumulative final. Perhaps I did the most by literally studying as if it were my tests because I taught it to her down to detail. But, I just couldn't help myself remembering how hard the start of college was for me. As the first college graduate(+high school grad +middle school grad-parents did not go to either)in my immediate and extended family, I had no real guidance. I went from not knowing what a cell was when I was 18 to being the top scorer on multiple exams/multiple classes among much more experienced people(including ivy leaguers) in hard 400 level science classes. Progress wasn't linear until the end when I got straight A's in physiology, anatomy1&2, neural systems, developmental bio,organic chem😱. Yes,I even killed a chem class. Looking back, I am grateful to have had it hard because these experiences instilled in me the work ethic I need to reach my ultimate goal of neuro. Oh, yeah...I forgot to mention I had health issues that made the course even harder. If I had no excuses, neither do any of you. Goes to show that where you are now does not determine where you will end up. A true grinder isn't someone that starts well and gets better. A true grinder is someone who knows what it is like to be at complete zero and soar to the top. The cost of success is HIGH. Be ready to pay the price. Be a true grinder.