The question we’ll all get asked a lot throughout our entire medical career is “Why do you want to be a doctor?” (Or vet or nurse and what-not.)
I want to be a doctor because I think it’s the most wonderful thing that you can do with your life. Well, other than being the Pope.
To cut a long story short, I was born in Guinea-Bissau, W.Africa. It was… bad, to say the least. Everyone seemed to be sick all of the time and I never understood why! I wanted to help them but I couldn’t. I moved to Portugal and started understand things a tiny but more when finally started going to school. You have no idea how happy I was to go to school! But that’s a tale for another day.
Anyway… I had rarely seen any doctors in Guinea-Bissau, all knew was that it was very hard and expensive to see them but in Portugal they seemed to be everywhere; at school, on the box of colours known as a television and more importantly, they were in hospitals. All I knew was that they were awesome!
Then off we went to England! To be honest I thought we were going to America but thanks to the lack of the accents I’d heard in movies, I figured that it wasn’t America whilst we were on the plane. I’ve learnt of the science behind medicine here and dude, I love science so much! Medicine is an ever changing thing, new developments are constantly being made. Any good doctor will keep up and I am a certified learn-a-holic so I will fit right in.
During my years in late secondary education, volunteering and simply living, I’ve been able to re-evaluate whether I really do want to be a doctor; am I willing to put in that much work? People have always been telling me that it’s hard to become a doctor, but I didn’t understand why at first.
“How hard can it be? I mean, all you do is walk around with a stethoscope around your neck smiling looking pretty! The only things you need is to be good crazy at maths and have a strong stomach because it could get… gross.” That would have been 7 year old Diana’s answer, but 16 year old Diana says “I know that it’s hard. I know I’ll be staying up until 3 am like tonight, but it’s totally worth it because I will have made someone’s life better. Sometimes on a big scale like literally saving their life in A&E or on a “little” scale by advising them to drink more water in a 10 minute appointment. At the end of my life I will be able to stand before God and say ‘You gave me a talent and look at what I have done with it. I was no Pope but this was still pretty cool right?'”
I put ” around little because I don’t think that there is such a thing as a little thing. The little things tend to end up making the biggest difference.
If this was all you knew about me, would you consider offering me a place at medical school?
Yay or Nay
Thank you for reading!! Leave a comment if you have any. Don’t keep them all to yourselves! 😀