Medicine Personal Statement
My passion for medicine sprouted in me at a very tender age. My father being a medical doctor(radiologist) and my mother a nurse(opthalmic medical assistant), I can say I was born in the field. As I grew up, I came to realise that the curiousity I displayed at some practices my parents usually performed gradually developed into a passion, a dream I felt complied to fulfill for it became obvious that it was the course for me to study. I had at a given period made up my mind to study petrochemical engineering, owing to the popularity of this course until a day when I told my sister and then she said "Who will then take over Dad's office?".
That was the revelation. I felt "called" to do it and it then dawned on me that my real passion was to be immersed in the practise of medicine; that which required the doctor to be a person of exception in all humility, exercising at the same time a great sense of compassion and service.
I am a music lover and for about six years now i play the piano, i have performed at some classical music concerts in various cultural centers. At the two colleges I attended, I was appointed 'Music Prefect', which is the post of responsibility given to students in charge of the music matters at school especially the choir. I served as the school organist (they are all mission colleges) and we(music prefects) led the choir to a good number of choral competitions. It was indeed an enriching experience of leadership and it helped me out as I fostered my knowledge of music. The liturgy at our school parish and an acapella group were
some activities I undertook out of school.
During the holidays I spend quality time at my father's clinic to grasp some facts, concepts and ideas that keep me expanding my medical vocabulary. He has at his clinic an X-ray machine, a mammogram and a Voluson 3D Doppler ultrasound machine which have helped me to appreciate medicine from the point of medical imaging.
A career in medicine where life-long learning co-exists with the opportunity to rise to new challenges is a deeply exciting prospect. Precious skills and attributes gained in my preparations for university have affirmed my conviction that a career in the medical field would be a most challenging, yet rewarding vocation for me to pursue.
This personal statement was written by ngankoujoe for application in 2009.
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