What Does Happiness Mean To Me?

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“What does happiness mean to you?” This is a question that one of my friends asked me during one of our late night study sessions. At that moment, I answered “passing this exam is what would make me happy” due to the urgency of the exam. Today, I know that true happiness is not circumstantial and I can answer that happiness to me means that I have fulfilled my destiny and lived up to my full potential. Though reasonable, I realize that many people never actually reach these aspirations due to their inability to uncover what they are truly passionate about. I have been lucky enough to discover what my passion is which is medicine. Medicine gives me the opportunity to right the wrongs of my past by leveling the playing field for healthcare consumers. …show more content…
Coming from a country where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, I have always felt helpless in being able to assist those around me. The events surrounding my mother’s death when I was three years old left me the most helpless. My mother died of typhoid fever; something that could have easily been prevented with a vaccine but because of the subpar healthcare in Nigeria and our inability to afford and get access to the best services she died an avoidable death. I believe that everyone deserves the right to live and therefore everyone should get the access to life. In my understanding, access to life equates to access to healthcare and all that it has to offer. My circumstance gave me wisdom and with this wisdom came the responsibility to prevent any more of these senseless deaths especially in areas similar to where I grew up. As a physician I would be able to carry out this obligation and give people the access to not only life, but one of …show more content…
From a young age, I have always been curious. Because of this, I set out to explore many different career options in hopes of finding the perfect fit; something I was passionate about. From enrolling in a summer architecture program to taking acting lessons, I have pursued all of my interests in order to find a career that I could see myself enjoying. Out of all these experiences, my experience at the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) was the most momentous. SMDEP gave me the opportunity to catch a glimpse at what my future as a physician could look like and solidified my desire to pursue medicine. From deciphering between the trachea and the esophagus during intubation to being faced with ethical challenges such as those of Henrietta Lacks, I witnessed the challenges of medicine. I embrace these challenges because it shows medicine’s lifelong dedication to learning. This dynamic nature excites me and pushes me to become not only a better physician but a better person. I understand that the path to becoming a physician is a tough one that requires servitude, perseverance and hard work. My experiences have opened my eyes to the importance of having doctors in areas that there is not suitable access to healthcare and ensuring that once there is access, that the patients are well attended to. It is the pleasure of the rigorous journey associated with achieving this goal that drives

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