Elizabeth Crump is a soon-to-be fourth-year Microbiology major at the Ohio State University. In reflecting on the past year, Elizabeth has found comfort and catharsis in writing about the everyday challenges she feels. This poem, written in the context of the current pandemic as well as Elizabeth’s impending application to medical school, contrasts passivity with activity in defining one’s actions in the face of trying conditions. Although the path may be unclear, one may find that by seeking within to create a way out of the uncertainty – be it that of the pandemic or of a new phase of life – success can be written in one’s own terms.
Please also find the poem in this accessible word document: Elizabeth Crump’s poem ‘5/15/21’.