A couple of days ago, I woke up at the crack of dawn. The sky outside was as dark as India ink and the streetlights glowed brightly. Working my way through my morning routine, I made myself a cup of coffee. Sipping on the warm beverage, I looked out of the window and saw some snow on the shrub outside. ‘Did it really snow last night? In April?’, I thought.
Confused, I walked over to the shrub and was pleasantly surprised to see snow-white blossoms. They laid on the shrub’s branches as if in a sheet of freshly fallen snow. The mystery of the snow solved, I walked back into the house with a smile and carried on with my routine. The picture of the snowy blossoms remained in my mind for the rest of the day.
With a background in veterinary science, I have a master’s degree in veterinary public health and experience working with vector-borne and zoonotic disease epidemiology. It has been some time now that I have been actively job hunting. But I have not yet found the job for me, and with the current lag in job opportunities, it has been a particularly rough period.
The day I saw those snowy blossoms, I happened to speak to a professor of mine about my situation and sought his advice for the future. He advised me to go back to my master’s thesis project and look for a publishing opportunity. That got me thinking and I contacted another professor involved with my project. We spoke at length and decided to pursue not only my master’s thesis but also an additional paper on a topic that she was currently working on. At the moment, I am working on the beginnings of both papers and also polishing my data analysis skills through a couple of online courses.
A week ago, I was worried that maybe I was not trying hard enough or smartly enough to find a job. Then, I saw that snow on the shrub and upon closer inspection, it turned out to be these lovely blossoms. I couldn’t help but notice the parallel here. I saw my master’s thesis as a stepping stone towards achieving my degree but upon a second look, it turned into the first rung of a ladder that might lead me to where I want to be professionally.
For a lot of people, a master’s degree thesis leading to a publication might seem like an obvious conclusion. But to me, it felt like a gate had opened up because I had a different plan for what I wanted to do after completing my master’s degree. Sometimes, things look different at first but upon looking at that snow in a different light and a different time, it just might turn into the snowy blossoms that make opportunities visible in rough times.
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