Post #7- Not Your Ordinary Internship Opportunity Presentation
I recently attended a presentation during an Integrative Physiology club meeting in which members had the opportunity to hear from Amanda Wilson, who is executive director of the Spinal Cord Recovery Project located in Denver, Colorado. I initially thought that this would be another run-of-the-mill internship opportunity speech and that I wouldn’t have much interest in what she had to say. Boy was I wrong.
Amanda began her speech by using a PowerPoint presentation while giving us a background of her time as an undergraduate at CU Boulder, and the struggles that she faced while trying to find her niche within the Integrative Physiology world. Since Amanda was giving this presentation to a room full of pre medicine and physiology majors, we all could connect to what she had to say. It turns out that her time at CU was not as straight and narrow as she would have liked it to be—funding her own way through school, potentially facing academic probation, and enjoying the Boulder night life too much. She lectured about how she didn’t know what to do with her degree, and was discouraged with her efforts in school. It was at this point in her presentation that she put the following quote up on the screen:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
It was after the showing of this quote that really lured me into what she had to say. She told us how she discovered the Spinal Cord Recovery Project in its beginning stages of development, and quickly started to make a name for herself within the company. Since the project was in the early stages, she had to drive around with therapists to patients’ houses in a beat up old pickup truck with physical therapy apparatuses in the back. After years of providing treatment for patients at their own homes, they had enough funding to set up their own space in a warehouse and purchase the most high tech equipment available on the market.
Later on, Amanda talked about how undergraduate students like myself could become part of the Spinal Cord Recovery Project, what we needed to do to apply for a position, etc. But my favorite part of her presentation, and the point that stuck out to me the most was how she overcame what seemed like major roadblocks in her life to excel and succeed in the physiology field of study. It does in fact seem at times that there are too big of roadblocks in the path of life that we cannot overcome, but if we listen to Michael Jordan and Amanda Wilson, we know that nothing can stop personal success if you want it enough.