:: True Intentions September 4, 2007Posted by Minci 先生 in Everyday Life.
There was an article I read in Student BMJ today (The Infamous Interview Question) about The Interview for acceptance to medical school. Hmm. I had The Interview like over 4 years ago now but it felt like yesterday. Out of 4 applications through UCAS, I succeeded in getting 2 interviews and finally secured one place.
A lot of effort was geared and directed by the teachers into preparing the students for The Interview. We had MOCK interviews, presentations by fellow batchmates on current medical topics, a thick booklet compiling all sorts of ethical issues and also advisors coming in to tell us the DONT’s in writing up our personal statements. During one of these sessions , the advisor asked one student,
“Why do you want to become a doctor?”
The student answered,
“Because I want to win the Nobel Prize”
At this point I realized that people have all sorts of reasons in becoming a doctor – fascinated by science, part of their nature to be altruistic, forced by parents, don’t really know of any other ambitions, job security, good money, to pay for sins, stepping up the society ladder, to be the best kind of human being, love the challenge, family trait, etc. Even so, that was the first time I heard of someone wanting to go into medicine because the student wanted to win The Nobel Prize. I was in awe. I was like ‘wow’ until the advisor said calmly (with a gentle smile),
Those people you see getting the Nobel Prize? They didn’t do what they do.. with ideas of being given a prize or held up high in the society in mind. They did not start off discovering DNAs and such so as to be famous. Perhaps it was driven by their love for science, passion in curing the ill.. who knows. But it is us, well, the Nobel Foundation that feels they deserve such praise and remembrance for their wonderful contribution to the human race. These are hard working individuals, whose work are worth made known to the world. That is why they are AWARDED the Nobel Prize.
Something to think about?