Optimism is a choice for sophomore Marimba Williams. As a biochemistry major concentrating in pre-medicine, Williams has had her share of tough moments, but thanks to her firm belief in the silver-lining of hard times as well as the support of those around her, she has always found a way to persevere. One example she offers comes from her early-level English courses, in which she struggled to shift gears from science to English. Still, despite the challenges she met, Williams claims now that the course offered her the chance to explore a subject outside of the one she was used to, as well as it offered her the tools and experience she would need to do extensive research and write longer papers. Now, these experiences will help her on her way towards a career in orthopedic surgery.