Some people knew they wanted to be a doctor since they can remember. Others had family members that were physicians or nurses. I personally do not have any family members that are doctors and went through a lot of trial and error before I decided what I want to do. (I am still deciding what I want to do, there are so many different career options as a physician.) In high school, I was a theater nerd and thought that I would for sure be doing something on the stage or behind the scenes. However, as I took more and more science classes, I discovered that I really found science fascinating. Being a doctor didn’t really cross my mind; I decided to pursue a career in nursing.
Before starting college, I started to research all of my nursing classes. Discovering that there wasn’t a lot of basic science courses involved, I looked into majoring in Biology and going the doctor route instead. I made the switch and ended up loving my decision. The science courses were awesome…but did I really want to become a doctor? I changed my mind a lot of times, going back and forth between doing medical research, physician assistant, and even working for the FBI. All jobs that required critical thinking and a scientific-like mind. However, I couldn’t get it out of my head that I still wanted to be a doctor. After doing more research, I finally made the switch back to going to medical school by realizing that I love school and I love learning. Being a physician is a life-long learning career. At the end of the day, I am really glad that I considered a wide variety of career options before finally choosing to go to medical school. To this day, I am still discovering other things that I love learning about and am working hard to incorporate them into my future career as a physician.