Creating a ‘Space’ for Patience
As I open the white double doors of the Bradley Observatory, I gently shut the door behind me to prevent from any ruckus I may make in what I normally find to be a quiet place upon my arrival every other morning for physics lecture. My arrival at this particular time, however, was on a Friday night. Quiet? Bradley Observatory was anything but. It was my first time attending an open house, and I was not expecting to see such a large body of people from the Atlanta/Decatur community – all of whose attendance were in support of two astrophysics Scotties who were about to showcase their summer research.
High Mass Star Formation – this was the topic of presentation for the night. Amid the discussion of the birth of a star, its life span, and various electromagnetic waves, a major detail of the research caught my attention. In order to capture the images of an object under study in the night sky, researchers must wait for certain satellites and telescopes to reach a certain position before any observations and data can be collected. This can take weeks or even months! Talk about patience. I then began to ponder how valuable patience is, especially when pursuing a vital goal. From that point on throughout the night, I was occupied with the concept of time.
Since I embarked on the college journey, I have been focused on one goal: getting accepted into medical school and attending immediately after undergrad. However, I have noticed that I am often so immersed in this future goal that I forget to enjoy the present. I have just begun to realize that I should not rush the experience of my undergrad years as they will provide lessons that inevitably develop my character for the better. There is a time and place for everything. Now is the time to embrace Agnes Scott and all that it has to offer rather than focusing on where I will be after Agnes. Medical school will always be there, but, rationally speaking, I won’t always be an undergrad at Agnes Scott. In a way, I am like the telescopes trying to focus in on a clear image up ahead, but in order to focus on my object of interest, a bit of time and patience it required to be settled in the correct position before I can get it right.