August 30, 2016

Have you always wanted to be a doctor?” No. I wanted to be a lot of things when I was younger. I wanted to be a nun, a concert pianist, a newscaster, an architect, and a lawyer. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized I want to be a doctor, and it’s not until recently that I had my heart set on being a neurosurgeon. I was in my third year in college when I decided thatย that is who I want to be, and whenever I tell people about it some of them says that I’m too young to be deciding what I really wanted to be, and some people just say outright that it’s too big of a dream. Admittedly, it is. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how big of a dream it is but I’ve always been one to dream big, and I’ve always been one to make it happen.

It’s a long and tough journey, that much everyone knows. I need an extra four years for my medicine proper, a year to get my M.D. license, and an extra six years (if the information I read was still accurate) to specialize in neurosurgery. My family always joked about how I’m going to spend another decade or so of my life studying — as if I haven’t had enough. Of course I have, but it’s the price I have to pay to be the somebody I’ve always wanted to be. And damn it, I will be.

Other people always comment on how much money I’m probably going to make if I do become a neurosurgeon and I have thought of it too. But honestly, it’s not the money that made me want to be one because I have an even more outrageous dream — to find (or at the very least, help in finding) the cure for Alzheimer’s. If someone beats me to it, that’s fine. Better, even because less people have to suffer its consequences. It’s just that being a neurosurgeon, you’re in control of the organ that controls almost every single bodily function — that you are going to be holding, in your very own hands, the entirety of a person. You’ll be holding his memories, his fears, his emotions, his ability to speak, how he can process information, even his movements. You get to hold so much of a person in your hands and you get to have the ability to let him keep it after an injury or accident.

It is a meticulous job but I know, in my heart, that it’s always going to be fulfilling. The first part (college) towards my journey in getting that white coat is over, and I’m onto the next one (NMAT). I still have a lot of years to fill but it’s going to be worth it. It has to be.

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  • Reply pinayskattebasse August 30, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Good luck! I must say neuro is a very exciting and interesting field. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep the fire burning. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Pia August 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is, and I’m very excited. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Sarah September 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I’m an aspiring neurosurgeon myself, just a few steps ahead of you (got my license a year ago and did a required nine-month internship before specializing) ๐Ÿ™‚ I can only give you one tip: follow your dream. Don’t let anybody tell you that you are too young to decide that or that you will have to work a lot (duh) or that you can’t have a family (because obviously you must want children if you are a woman).
    I knew I wanted to become a neurosurgeon when I was 16 years old and now, 10 years later, I’m still convinced that’s the right path for me.

    So, in a nutshell, good luck with your adventure! I’m gonna follow your blog to see how your journey goes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Pia September 9, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Congratulations on becoming a licensed physician, and good luck with your specialization. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I’ve learned to let everyone’s comments just roll off my back because great things (and people) truthfully take time and a lot of work. I don’t want to have children though, I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to take care of one, let alone, carry it for nine months. Lol. Thank you for your kind words, Sarah, and for the encouragement — it means a lot to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

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