Brittany Puran had talked about becoming a doctor since she was little. After starting her education to become a pediatric oncologist, she felt the emotional weight of that career and knew it wasn’t a good fit. Yet that realization brought a mix of anxiety and fear.
“I was so confused,” she recalls. “I wanted to transfer. I just didn’t even want to be in college anymore.”
An encounter with a SPEA advisor changed that.
“He told me that just because I had said I wanted to be a doctor didn’t mean that was my path,” Puran says. “That was really hard for me to accept. But he helped me understand that it was okay that I wasn’t going to be what I always said I would be. He showed me there were other ways to help kids.”