Serena Williams without a doubt is one of the front-runner athletes of our era. Many of us can remember when the Williams sisters started out and what a big deal it was to watch two young female athletes who happened to be sisters, play tennis on national television. And then when Venus Williams battled Serena Williams for the first time, it was one of the most exciting and dramatic tennis matches to watch. Just recently, Serena Williams played in the U.S. Open and unfortunately lost during the U.S. Open. This was a much anticipated match that not only Serena was hoping to snag but also fans were rooting for her all over the world. But if you take a look at articles trending currently, you will notice a lot of controversy over the way that Serena responded after losing the U.S. Open. It appears that her statement after the loss of the U.S. Open seemed to justify her loss with her other wins rather than accepting defeat which is currently causing a lot of controversy.
This is a great lesson for all of us to learn but especially pre-med students getting ready to interview. Interviews are just around the corner. Most of you are likely reaching the tail end of your application season and will start to hear about interviews in a couple of weeks/months. When you go and interview, the other pre-med students are striving for the same spot that you are, just like Serena was striving to win the U.S. Open. So yes, it is easy to become competitive and think that the people you are interviewing with could potentially be taking your spot. Although this is true, it is important to stay focused on your own battle and do not let your thoughts get in the way of what could be a great interview just because you are thinking about how awesome the other applicants may be. For example, if you have your time with an interviewee and it does not go as well as you hope, do not try to make someone else feel bad who may have done better. Also do not compensate this one poor interview by talking about the hundreds of other interviews you have had, like Serena talked about her number of grand slams after the loss of the U.S. Open. Accept that a poor interview can happen at any time to anyone and not let that affect how you talk to other people who are also interviewing. Keep your chin up and move forward to the next interview.