Last year, I went to India for my cousin’s wedding. However, within a week of arrival, my grandfather suffered a massive stroke and was placed in a city hospital. When we went to visit him, I remember reading a sign written large golden letters across the wall that said ‘health is the greatest wealth’.
A nurse saw me staring at it and said, ‘Do you want to know why it’s there? It’s to remind everyone who enters they should count their riches by evaluating their well-being not paper.’
Sadly, my grandfather passed away, but I still remember the nurse’s words to this very day. It reminds me to focus on the truly important things in life and to rate the success of my career based on how many people I help, not how much I earn.
The accumulating events in my life rather than one defining moment have led to my decision to become a physician. An ever present love for helping people and an insatiable appetite for knowledge drives me to biology, a subject that satisfies both of those passions.
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