Anatomy of Antonia

Who am I?
I am Antonia: sixteen years of age and an aspiring ___.
How does one answer ‘who are you’?
I am Antonia: I’m currently taking A-levels in Newman 6th (biology, chemistry and maths).
Do I need to talk about my hobbies?
I am Antonia: I love to write sing and draw.
Who am I?

As my life progresses, it seems that the definition of ‘Antonia’ changes too. I have come from, primary school, hating maths and being put in the lowest set; to now, somewhat enjoying maths and taking it as an A-level. I have come from wanting to be an artist, an author, a singer – to not knowing what I want at all. As I grow up I learn so many new things that lead to so many new questions.

Looking back at my life, medicine is the one thing that stayed close to me in this growing world, full of questions and uncertainty. I remember wanting to be many things as a young girl, I wasn’t very talented academically, but when it came to art, music and poetry, I was amazing. I felt so at home in this intriguing land of imagination. Soon I realised, my parents would not be very happy with me if I failed all of my SATs at the end of primary school – ‘I should really get better at this’.

So I did: I tried my best, asking my dad for help in maths, finding revision websites such as BBC bitesize, and whilst doing so, I found a set of ‘games’. These did not relate to anything in my curriculum as an eight year old in primary school, they were just so interesting to my little mind. I’d play one game, and I’d play it over and over again, until I memorised every step. This was a game by ‘EdHeads’, namely the knee replacement surgery (fun fact: ever since playing this game, my favourite word is ‘patella’). Before I knew it, I was entranced. I wanted good grades, I wanted to learn, I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a surgeon.

This began my medical journey.

My grades rose; my ambition grew and my passion for the medical field skyrocketed. And here I am now with 5 As and 5 A*s in GCSEs and currently studying biology, chemistry and maths for A levels.

I still don’t actually know what it is I want to be. I still havent let go of my hobbies such as drawing, singing and writing – simultaneously, my mind still wanders through the vast variety of destinations medicine offers: surgeon, GP, psychiatrist. But one thing I know: I want to be in the medical field.

Who am I?
I am Antonia: sixteen years of age and currently taking A-levels in Newman 6th (biology, chemistry and maths). I love to write sing and draw.

Who do I want to be?
I want to be someone who cares: someone who helps others in times of difficulty, in times of pain, in times of grief. Someone who is able: able to connect, able to deliver, able to achieve.
I want to be someone who makes a difference.

I am Antonia: sixteen years of age and an aspiring medical student.

By Antonia Marie Jayme

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