Alumnae Spotlight – September 2016

September’s Alumnae Spotlight highlights what our soror, Geet Amin from the Gamma Line of Pi Colony is currently up to! Read about her journey and the advice she has to share!

What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this?

I am a first-year medical student at St. George’s University. Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. taught me that with patience and hard work comes the satisfaction of having accomplished something that you have truly earned. That was the feeling I had when I got into medical school and I hope that will be the feeling when I graduate. In addition, Kappa Phi Gamma helped me develop a great deal of confidence, which has helped me communicate better in professional settings such as interviews and conversations with superiors at my school.

What were your biggest challenges and struggles?

One of my biggest challenges was adjusting to a new environment and getting used to constantly studying every day. I am still in the process of completing medical school and will still be facing some challenges throughout the years. However, it really helps when you’re surrounded by like-minded people who are also going through the same thing. My friends at school and my family supporting me from afar are what get me through each day. In addition to having this support, I always keep in mind that I should have faith in myself and in my abilities because I have made it this far and I will see it through till the end!

What is your favorite part of your position/career/field?

I originally became interested in medicine because of my love for riddles and puzzles- where you take of all the clues presented and put them together to solve a problem. Practicing medicine is basically putting all of the symptoms (clues) together and coming up with an appropriate diagnosis. I love it when I am able to apply what I’ve learned to clinical situations that doctors may encounter because in my head, everything just makes sense! It’s really awesome when all of this hard work and knowledge seems to come together. Studying medicine has allowed me to understand the importance of nutrition facts on cereal boxes, as well as what all of the values on blood tests indicate and how they are calculated. The amazing thing about medicine is that people from all walks of life essentially invite you to be a part of their families by trusting you with their lives. Medicine combines everything I love into one!

What is your work/life balance?

Currently, I am managing it day by day. In the system I have figured out for myself, I make sure I don’t spread myself too thin while dedicating 100% to my work and my family. Sometimes the thrill and adrenaline that comes with getting my work done can be so self-consuming that I have to remember to slow down and breathe once in a while. What also helps is that I love my school and it really helps to be in a beautiful location with so many resources available for students to help them succeed. I love that I am finally at a place that I’ve talked about for years.

What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?

Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. has been beneficial to me in various aspects of my life. It has taught me to have patience, to persevere, and to be diligent when it comes to work and life in general. I have become stronger as a student and as a woman as I am more vocal about my opinions and have taken advantage of the opportunities provided to me.

Kappa Phi Gamma has allowed me to meet so many people who wouldn’t be in my life if I had not been a part of it. The sorority reinforced a sense of loyalty within me, towards my family, friends, and goals, especially in the face of adversity. There are so many sisters that I constantly look up to and I love that this bond of being in the same sisterhood connects me to them.

What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?

My advice is to make sure you know just how passionate you are about ANY field before pursuing it. For those especially pursuing the medical field, you really have to love what you’re doing and envision being able to actively work as a doctor, instead of being pressured into achieving the end goal. There are going to be many people that tell you to choose an “easier” field or to think long term in regards to starting a family; however, don’t let that hinder you from pursuing your dreams if you are willing to put in the effort. Remember: if there is a will, there is a way.

In addition to being passionate, you absolutely need to work hard. You must be willing to push yourself in order to have a drive for success. At times, it will be necessary to put “fun” things on hold in order to prioritize your studies. Hard work pays off in the end.

Lastly, ALWAYS ask for help when it’s needed. Working hard will not help if you don’t work smart. You should never be ashamed to ask a question for some clarification, because nine times out of ten, your peers may have the same question as you. It’s important to remember that nothing worth having comes easy, especially when there are so many factors working against us as women. Nevertheless, those struggles are precisely what make us stronger.

How do you measure your success?

I’ve always liked the saying, “Success is when your signature becomes an autograph”. It doesn’t have to be taken literally, but in my eyes, success is measured by how positively the world and people around you are affected by what you do every day. Thus, your “autograph” can mean various things to different people around you.