Wednesday, October 3, 2012

To Excel at Excelling - Humanities Goal

My purpose in life is make use of everything I have. I want to utilize every asset I have to its greatest potential. Over the years I've developed certain skills, viewed things from many different vantage points, and constructed my own opinion on many things. To choose a future for myself that doesn't make use of as many of these different ingredients of me would just be a waste. Somehow, I ended up with this crazy desire to be a doctor. Surely this will utilize every drop of blood, sweat, and tears I could possibly muster, and more.

Becoming a physician will be a long journey indeed, but well worth it. I will be the first person in my family to attend a four year college, medical school, and receive an M.D. So as you can see, I should feel some pressure. But as I stated earlier, I've developed a few skills over the years. One of them being the invulnerability to stress and anxiety. While some kids stress out and rock back and forth in the corner during finals week, I sit back and coast through like it's no big deal. We'll see how well this goes next year though, as it may come back to bite me.

For years my parents and teachers have been telling me school will get harder. I'm still waiting. If this persists, it's just logical for me to pursue one of most competitive, intellectually challenging professions in the world. Right? Not everyone can do what I do, set my head down on a desk and soak up information like a sponge until the chapter test. This "talent" should not go to waste. I owe it to those people that have to try to succeed. It wouldn't fair to have such a valuable ability, and then go into the Community Sanitation Services.

Another factor to why I want to be a doctor is majorly governed by my ego. Yes, I know, that's a very bad thing. I've never been good with following directions, being below people, or being wrong. With a passionate hate for being wrong, I make it a point to absorb as much information as I can from my classes not so I can maintain my 4.0, but so I can have the right tools available for when I but heads with that other person whose ego is as big as mine. I've always had a problem with authority, so the obvious answer to this dilemma is to get as high up on the food chain as possible. It's a good thing I'm not afraid of heights.

So now for the icing on the cake. The best job you can have is a job you love, and a job you enjoy doing every day. I have an odd love for puzzles, comparable for a math teachers love for numbers. So a job revolving around the basis of figuring a problem out seems perfect for me. For years I have wished to be just like Hugh Laurie in House, walking around in jeans and a T-shirt getting paid big bucks to be a sarcastic jerk and never be wrong when it comes to solving a patients deadly predicament. Unfortunately, we can't have our cake and eat it too.

My future is starting to come into focus. I have already decided on my post high school plans. I will be attending Chadron State College for pre-med and will receive a B.S. degree in Human Biology. I will then transfer to UNMC and enroll in a graduate program for my M.D. After receiving my degree, I will return to rural Nebraska and hope to get a job in the Aurora Clinic or in a nearby clinic. Because of my career plan, I am going to apply for the RHOP program, which guarantees me a spot in the medical center, taking a lot of the competition out of getting into UNMC.

After my 8 year trek through school and finding a job, I hope to start a family shortly after. I want to settle down in the small town environment so that my children can have some of the same experiences that I had as I was growing up. I feel like a small town can breed a much higher quality citizen than any of the over populated metro areas, as everyone in a small community tries to boost everyone up when it comes to their futures, instead of a the massive free for all in a larger community. 

1 comment:

  1. Nate,

    This has to be one of the funniest postings I read all year (and I doubt anyone in the next term will have your very witty and dry sense of humor). I just laughed out loud about your self-deprecatory comments about your ego...and good luck to you when you meet your ego twins in medical school!