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October 29 2015

Get Your Grey’s On! Why We All Want To Be Meredith Grey, by Jordan Cohen, SFTL Contributing Writer, Elon University

When I was about three years old, my tiny feet ran to the tree in the living room on Christmas morning. My pudgy fingers ripped open the wrapping paper and, to my amazement, sitting under the tree was a brand new shiny white case: a Fisher Price doctor’s kit. My eyes lit up with excitement and ever since then I have been obsessed with anything medical.

I’ve always wanted to be a doctor but I’m not exactly sure why. It’s just an innate feeling inside me. Physics and chemistry…no thanks, but bio and anatomy…anyday!  I’ll gladly take the label as “science nerd.”

This summer I was lucky enough to have the experience of shadowing a doctor in the emergency room during the nightshift. The best part is I could wear scrubs. I’ve never felt so cool in my entire life.  I was basically Meredith Grey. Why wouldn’t anyone want to be like her…she’s like the most powerful woman ever. Although Grey’s Anatomy is just a (spoiler alert) TV show and not real life, and the doctors are actually actors and don’t have their medical degrees, the lessons portrayed in the show are all too real.

Meredith Grey is the epitome of what we all strive to be. Not only is she married to McDreamy, but she is a superwoman when it comes to her job and basically just life.  You might say, “She’s Fit to Lead.”

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She teaches us it is okay to not always be strong. Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who can open up and share their feelings with others.

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You know that saying “everything happens for a reason” or “what’s meant to be, will be?”  Even Meredith Grey agrees.

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You don’t need to be religious to have faith. Faith is something to fall back on. A little net that catches you and tells you everything will be okay.

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If you love someone, tell them. Let yourself be happy, and do not worry about what other people think.

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Whenever I leave the house, or hang up the phone I make a point to say “I love you.” Whether it is to my friends or to my family, those three words can have a huge impact. Life can change in a second, and sometimes those three words might be something the person on the other end really needs to hear.

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She is decisive and knows how to ask for what she wants. It is important to have strong convictions and fight for what you stand for.

So now, here I am. Nineteen years old and still wanting to work in a hospital. Wanting to be the next Meredith Grey.

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