People are always surprised to hear that I’ve always wanted to be a physician. It’s just something I’ve always known, ever since I was a young child. My biggest inspiration is my father, who worked so hard to become a physician here in the US. My mother is also a nurse, so I grew up in a medical household. I’ve always had a passion for helping others. I took part in a medical mission trip in 2009 in a few different cities in the Philippines. I assisted with basic tasks, such as measuring temperature, weight, height, and blood pressure. Providing this health care for those who needed it, and seeing the joy it brought them, solidified my passion for wanting to become a physician. I also had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Costa Rica, where I also held an internship position at a local medical clinic. The many exposures I had to the medical field proved to me that this field is where I needed to be.
Medical school is not easy. The path to reaching my dream job is not easy. There are more days that I feel discouraged, wanting to quit, and give up all together. I’m constantly tired, anxious, and stressed from all the studying and lack of a “normal” life. However, I KNOW that I am doing this for a purpose. My hard work WILL pay off. There’s nothing else I could ever imagine doing with my life. Reminding myself of why I chose medicine in the first place is what makes this journey worthwhile!