Experiences Which Led to Becoming a Pediatrician

Experiences Which Led to Becoming a Pediatrician

"Wow? Look at all those pictures on the walls!"

I had to change pediatricians at the age of 7 and there I was in Dr. Purcell's office. It was like every other doctor's office but the pictures on the walls made a big difference. As I walked in, they captured my full attention. It was so amazing to see several pictures of her patients with love notes either on or beside them. I was very impressed with the mutual love my pediatrician had with her patients and from that moment on, I knew that I was destined to assist others and to fulfill my dream of becoming a pediatrician.

My experiences all started at a young age. For my 5th and 6th grade summers, I had decided to do something else rather than attending summer enrichment classes and playing outside. I chose to volunteer at the Brooklyn Public Library in my neighborhood. Since I was only 10 years, I couldn't do much but I made the best out of what I could. I've loved children since I was a baby myself so I was given a role as the storyteller, who usually held ‘circle time'. I was frequently looked upon by a worker but I still considered myself the leader. I was so excited to be reading to the children that I also brought enthusiasm and interest to the time we spent together. The connection between the children and I was similar to the one of my pediatrician and her patients and this made me feel special.

As I exited the 7th grade, I decided to give back to my elementary school, Learning Dynamics Academy. It was a private school ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade with approximately 50 students total. I grew up in that school so I had a close relationship with the staff members, especially the principal because she was my neighbor. What a convenience! Due to my level of intelligence, maturity, and seriousness of purpose, I was guaranteed a summer employment. I received a mini stipend but that was the last thing on my mind. I taught basic math and reading skill to the 1st and 2nd...

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