French, bad breath and the Kardashians: Medical student reflects at commencement

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.

Sanders’ full commencement speech is available at http://pennstatemedicine.org/2014/06/18/french-bad-breath-and-the-kardashians-one-medical-students-reflections.

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Last Updated June 18, 2014