Be Kinder Than Necessary

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. -Aesop Read

I am excited to announce that I will be returning to school in the fall to obtain my Master of Education in Speech Language Pathology! It feels a little bit surreal, to be honest. But I am both excited and apprehensive to make such a drastic life change. Since receiving my bachelor’s degree, the past four years have been quite a challenging experience with balancing work and school, studying for standardized tests, and applying to graduate schools. Even typing out the previous sentence makes the whole process seem a lot easier than it was. Amidst all the craziness, try inserting a semblance of a social life somewhere in-between. So far, my post-grad years have been filled with its fair share of growing pains, but I also know this is only the beginning.

With such a competitive pool of applicants, I am just extremely thankful that I was even given the opportunity to interview for a coveted spot. Last night, I attended a mixer hosted by the school for the incoming class. It was the first of many opportunities for our cohort to mix and mingle with faculty and staff, clinical supervisors, and recent graduates. Nervous questions were asked and reassuring answers were provided. There was brie and salami and crackers, fresh fruit and pastries, and even Indian food (squeal). The program director even made it official with a champagne toast (in glass flutes, mind you) to congratulate our class.

I wanted to share a little anecdote of the admissions process. At last night’s event, one of the faculty members (who was also an interviewer) came up to me and personally mentioned that I received “extra points” during the group interview for lending a pen to another applicant. Such a minute action, she said, stood out to her because it reflects good character of someone others would want to work with. At the time, I didn’t think much of my lending a pen to someone else, much less was I aware that my doing so would be observed. However, it really goes to show that we should always strive to be kinder than necessary. In the words of James Barrie, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” This entails being kind to everyone – even to our competition, and especially to those who can do nothing for us or those who can never repay us.

Best,
Phoebe

PS. As this novel (albeit terrifying) chapter of my life unfolds, I will be sure to keep readers posted!

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3 thoughts on “Be Kinder Than Necessary

    • Three Teaspoons A Day says:

      Alice, I’m sure we can connect on Asian American issues, what it means to be Chinese American, and one of our favorite cities San Fran 🙂 Have you read The Accidental Asian by Eric Liu? A personal favorite.

      Best,
      Phoebe

      • Alice L says:

        Hi Phoebe! I’d love to connect about all those things! 😀 Also, I haven’t read The Accidental Asian, but I have come across it before. I’ll definitely look it up. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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