At the ageof 8 I acquired my first book ‘Human Body Encyclopedia’, and it allowed me torecognize that the intricate structure of the human body is a beauty; everybody tissue and organ has a unique and vital function allowing us as humans to livea healthy life. This book drove an unquenchable thirst for knowledge andunderstanding of the human body that I wanted to practice in the future. But mydecision to specifically study medicine wasn’t finalized until I was 16 when Igot a firsthand experience of being treated for malaria at the hospital. ThereI witnessed the way a doctor not only physically but also emotionally nurturesa patient back to health inflicted with any calamity to their body while at thesame time keeping a professional and calm composure.
After this eye openingexperience I finalized that my future goal was to be a skilled physicianallowing me to treat others suffering any malady, ranging from a simple cold tothe life threatening cancer.My passion for science and the ambition for a medical career arereflected in my A-Level subject choices where time management, self-motivatedstudy and ability to cope with pressure are vital to succeed in the competitivenesssurrounding the curriculum. Biology and chemistry were the obvious choices as Ibelieved they would allow me to develop the knowledge and practical skillsrequired while Physics and Math have developed my problem solving skills andtaught me to follow rational processes to deduce results. The extensive information of human biology and problem solving skillsI have gained in my last two years of academic education has provided a solid foundationon which to build my knowledge and skills for studying and practicing medicine.I have also independently developed my IT skills through self-learning which Ifeel is important in this technological day and age where everything around usis digitalized and this requires extensive knowledge of the workings ofcomputers and other electronic devices that are used daily in a medicalenvironment.
While alsofocusing on my academic studies I dedicated myself to two extracurricularactivities in particular, Model United Nations (MUN) and the National BiologyOlympiad. Being an outgoing person it made it obvious that MUN would capture myattention as it allowed interacting with many students from differentbackgrounds and eventually I attended an international conference held in Qatarcalled THIMUN where I engaged with students from all over the globe; but themain reason to join MUN was to debate on international matters and to captureothers people’s perspectives to further enhance my awareness about the world welive in. I also participated in the National Biology Olympiad where not onlydid I learn theoretical concepts in Biology but also the hands-on skillsrequired in a lab. Overall I came third from nearly 300 candidates but theexperience and knowledge gained helped me anchor myself to my goal and toconvince me to provide my full potential to study medicine in the future. Boththese undertakings allowed me to widen my way of thinking of many real worldproblems while MUN especially let me know about many ethical issues plaguingthe world that also might occasionally affect a doctor in the field. I recognize that being a physician is unlike other jobs and is by nomeans an alluring source of easy money that it is often considered to be. Medicinedemands extensive education followed with long working hours making the professionexhausting and emotionally draining. However, I want to study medicine becausemy desire and ability is mainly scientific and to me 6 years of formaleducation followed by a lifetime of self-learning sounds like a stimulatingcareer option and, gratefully, far from the dullness that some other careerspose.
Nevertheless, as I am inherently extroverted, I would relish pursuing acareer requiring strong empathic relationships with patients. Crucially, I knowI have the enthusiasm, capacity for hard work and the open mind necessary tosucceed in the education required to become a successful physician.Themedical world is full of intellectual, ethical, physical and emotionalchallenges which doctors face on a daily basis, but yet this creates a dynamic professionwhich is one of the most rewarding both mentally and physically. My aspirationfor excellence and to succeed within the medical profession will no doubt helpmake a difference to the lives of patients in the future.