Why I chose to go into medicine
Start writing a post

To be or not to be a doctor

Why I chose medicine over everything else, with no regrets.

To be or not to be a doctor

As high school ends, we all begin a new chapter in our lives. Whether it is college or work or another kind of adventure, we all embark on this new quest of knowledge.

For me, this new quest of knowledge resides in the world of medicine. The path to become a doctor or surgeon is a long and tumultuous one, but it is a path I hope to conquer. Working with patients, alongside other doctors, dissecting cadavers, learning about the human body...it almost makes the lengthy years of schooling look easy.

However, growing up, I didn't always want to go into medicine.

As a child, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I always loved traveling and after seeing fossils on display in museums, it seemed like there was no other career for me. I could be far away in distant countries, unearthing the hidden secrets of Earth's past. This passion grew out of a love for science classes.

Somewhere along the road, I strayed away from dinosaurs by deciding to be an archaeologist.

History and language has always enticed me, from as far back as I can remember. I wanted to learn more about ancient civilizations, ruthless kings, epic battles and every aspect of history that came together to create the era we are currently living in.

The world of Latin tempted me because it bridged my interests of language and history. It was a window to another world. The Romans left us a rich body of literature and the roots of romance languages originated from Latin.

The idea of being an author grew out of my interest in Latin. I had been writing and illustrating short stories as soon as I learned how to hold a pencil. My summers were spent reading the stacks of library books I would bring home. So it only seemed ideal that I would go into a career of writing. Perhaps I could write for newspapers or magazines and my own book on the side? The choices were endless. All I knew was that I loved to write.

I'd like to think that it was the accumulation of my previous interests -- writing, reading, science and history -- that drew me to medicine.

The world of neuroscience beckoned me when I opened my first issue of National Geographic about the teenage brain, just on the cusp of becoming a teenager myself.

I found it to be an entire universe yet to be discovered, both by scientists, doctors and myself. I was not intrigued just because Amy, a neurobiologist, is the coolest character on The Big Bang Theory, but because neuroscience is a world of possibilities – ones that can be studied, tested and corrected. It is a continuously expanding and ever-improving existential philosophy.

Here was the foundation of my behavior, as well as countless others.

I found it fascinating that the collection of cells, neurons, synapses, axons and dendrites residing inside the organ between my ears was solely responsible for the way I saw and perceived the world.

Combined with encounters regarding medical problems and a strong desire to help others, I found myself drawn to the thought of a career in medicine. It is one that continues to be important in our society, with lengthy schooling, intense focus and a need for dedication. But it is this chaotic life that is the perfect fit for me because I believe that in the end, the rewards will make it all worth it.

The decision to begin my post-secondary career in pre-med was produced by my personal beliefs and values instilled in me by my family. College may be just another blank chapter in my story, but I will know how to write it into a masterpiece.

It is also the need for more women in medicine, a profession that was previously only for men. Many demanding careers in medicine, such as surgery, see very few women involved. The balance of juggling a career and family life is often the setback. But I believe it is important to instill the belief in girls that it is possible to have the best of both lives.

Helping others lead happier and healthier lives could not be more rewarding. It breaks apart any sort of boundaries, because medicine reaches far beyond the walls of language, race, socioeconomic status, religion and ethnicity.

The awe of discovering the human body, the honor of being trusted to heal the sick, the gratitude for caring through a grueling illness.

Such experiences never grow old.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

23 Pandemic-Approved Date Ideas That'll Send Sparks Flying From Six Feet Apart

There's a safe way to date right now and yes, it includes masks.


While some people would rather opt out of dating altogether during the pandemic so they don't have to wear a mask on a first date, others are choosing to listen to both guidelines and their heart in order to find love during the time of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Should you be one of the individuals welcoming romance right now, there are pandemic-approved dates you can go on that still adhere to guidelines (and yes, you'll have to wear a mask).

Keep Reading... Show less

I didn't believe the notification when it came through to my phone: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died from complications due to cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less

In our patriarchal society, men hide from their feelings, but toxic masculinity is literally killing men. They swallow the pain and move on so that they can look, feel, and act "tough."

But, strength is derived from asking for help and voicing your struggle and, trust me, working on your mental health is one hell of a struggle. The real way to "man up" is to acknowledge the downfalls in unjust societal norms. Mental health problems do not mean that a man is weak, they are neurologically-based disorders that require professional treatment.

Keep Reading... Show less

11 Things Your Boyfriend Should Do Before He Drops $499 On A PS5

Let's start with spending less time gaming and more time with you.


Scrolling through Twitter this week had me rolling on the floor laughing as I read some of the hilarious tweets from ladies who, whether in a relationship or not, shared reactions to the news that PlayStation 5 is on its way

As this "buy your boyfriend a PS5" joke takes off across the internet, let's just say, there are a few things your BF should be doing before dropping $499 on the new gaming system — or, if the tweets are real for some, before you buy it for him as a gift.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Sorry, But 'I Don’t Care About Politics' Is Not A Valid Excuse For NOT Voting

The younger generation of voters is so crucial to the upcoming election because our vote is going to shape the world that we are about to enter as adults.


When I ask my friends if they are voting this term most of them respond with "no" followed by an explanation of "I don't care enough," "It doesn't affect me," or "I don't keep up with politics," etc. I get it, as a college student I know that there are many other things to be concerned about like school, relationships, work, and friends. I also understand that keeping up with politics can seem like trying to keep up with an over-exaggerated reality show that has way too many seasons. Not to mention most news stations and websites are biased so it's hard to decipher if what you hear is true or fake.

However, despite all of this annoyance, as the next generation of Americans, we have to remember that we owe it to ourselves, our families, and to our futures to care.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tasia Sli

Tasia Sli and Anna Yang met in quintessential New York fashion at a chic rooftop event, inquisitive Yale grad Anna gravitating towards model/entrepreneur Tasia.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Anna Hernández-Buces

"Do you have big parties on Cinco de Mayo?"

Keep Reading... Show less

Two of my favorite things in life are reading and books. Obviously, they go hand-in-hand. In my life, I've realized that there is nothing better than learning about the current world or getting fully immersed in another world. Reading can inspire, teach, and entertain you.

For me, the feeling of opening a book and smelling that fresh book smell can't compete with anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

Expecting mother and wife to singer/songwriter John Legend may have accidentally slipped up and revealed the gender of her and Legend's third baby today on her Instagram story.

Keep Reading... Show less

20 Books About Latin And Hispanic Heritage Absolutely Everyone Should Have On Their Bookshelf

Any ally of the community needs to be reading these incredible reads.


I go through phases when it comes to what I like to read. I am typically reading two books at any given time: one serious nonfiction and one escapist fiction novel to have on hand and open up depending on my mood.

What remains consistent, however, amongst most of my fellow bibliophiles is a desire to try new and different authors and genres. I, as an Indian woman, have been partial to reading books written by fellow Indian and Desi writers since I first got a library card.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked 46 Women What They Thought About The Term 'Plus-Size', And Here's What They Had To Say

It's 2020, where change is inevitable and norms are not only questioned, but challenged.


We live in a world where it's become customary to push boundaries, break rules, and question standards upheld by society. Though try as we might, some of these standards are harder to conquer than others — body image is one of the top contenders.

For years, the body positivity movement has pushed for the acceptance of all marginalized body types not represented or celebrated in the media. Recently, we've gotten better at appreciating and accepting all body types, but one thing that's still lingering is the stigma of body image in the fashion industry — more specifically, the term "plus-size."

Keep Reading... Show less

Many popular TV shows are holding off premiers until spring, so most people are relying on their television subscriptions to get them through a socially distant fall semester.

Thankfully, Netflix was busy filming this past year because there is a ton of new original content coming in the near future. From mysteries to romances, here are some of the best new shows you have to check out this year:

Keep Reading... Show less

Taylor Swift Sang 'betty' At The ACMs And It Was The Perfect First Live 'folklore' Performance

I guarantee that Inez is spreading rumors about how fire this performance was.


The Academy of Country Music Awards were last night and the performances were wonderful, but Taylor Swift's live version of "betty" from her newest album "folklore" really took the cake for me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

9 Reasons I Unfollowed All The Fitness Influencers On My Instagram Feed

I don't need to feel bad about myself because of who I follow on social media.


Throughout quarantine, something that a lot of us picked up on was working out. With all the free time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to work on that "dream bod" you've been wanting for years, or to just feel good about yourself.

A common way to stay motivated and keep yourself on-task is to follow fitness influencers on various platforms. For some people, yes, this can be a healthy and helpful way to keep your drive. In other cases, however, this can do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments