Hey there! My name is David, and I’m a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a B.S. in Biological Heath Science and a B.A. Psychology. Weird combination right? Here me out…
I didn’t always know what I wanted to do. For the longest time, I wanted be a police officer and being in the FBI or DEA was my dream. But then reality stuck me, I jumped on the “I want to be a doctor” train, so I could make money. When I thought about it though, I loved nutrition. I loved seeing how influential food is in one’s life. Most importantly, I loved educating people. It put a smile on my face to show people how important and delicious making healthy decisions can be…but that wouldn’t pay the bills. I wanted the BMW and house on the ocean.
My first semester of college, I continued to pursue medicine until a lightbulb went off in my head. I was chasing a career I had no passion for just because people told me I would be good at it, and it paid good. The sad thing is I don’t think (actually I know) I’m the only one this happened to. So many people go to university and get a degree in a field they have no passion for simply because it is what society tells them to do.
This realization came from listening to a presentation by Dr. Steve Permuth, an old man with a passion – a passion to help young students chase what their hearts, not their minds, desired. He ignited a spark inside of me, and I remember leaving his talk with a huge smile, a fire burning inside of me, and a motivation like never before. From that moment on, I’ve began chasing my passion. I went on to work as a Nutrition Assistant for one of USF’s dietitians, and I currently volunteer in an Exercise Science Research Lab where I serve as the Director of Nutritional Analysis.
The second semester of my sophomore year, I had taken on so many obligations that the stress finally caught up to me. I ended up developing Irritable Bowel Syndrome and sinking in a mantra of sadness. I quickly realized diet and exercise were not the only keys to good health…mental health was just as important. I now have a condition that I will likely live with for the rest of my life all because I wasn’t giving attention to my mind.
So the second semester of my junior year, I took on the Psychology degree and now look to help people overcome their daily battles with a holistic approach. Although I don’t know what this desire will lead me to do after graduation, I know that there’s something burning inside me that is dying to be satisfied. I also believe God gave me a gift to write and open people’s eyes to the world around them.
So, let’s dive in together…I can’t wait to take the journey with you 🙂