French, bad breath, and the Kardashians: One medical student’s reflections

June 18, 2014 at 8:13 am 2 comments

If laughter really is the best medicine, Bailey Sanders is going to make a great doctor. Sanders was chosen by her peers in Penn State College of Medicine’s Class of 2014 to give this year’s student commencement address. The future doctor kept the crowd in stitches, threading together humorous examples to illustrate three components to building a life and career free of regrets.

Sanders posited that passion is one key ingredient, and for an example looked to a scientist who drank the contents of his own petri dish and “documented his subsequent suffering with regular biopsies and his mother’s opinion of how his breath smelled.” The unconventional experiment resulted in a Nobel Prize.

To hear Sanders’ full commencement speech, watch this video:

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rose Kovalsky  |  June 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    That was a beautiful and wonderful speech! Good luck to all of the graduates! Good luck in your career! Dr. Sanders!!!

  • 2. Lovey Naymik  |  June 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Bailey, please let me know where you will be practicing! I want you for my doctor! I don’t even care what kind of doctor you are. I trust that you will be a great one!


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