Originally Posted by izmi308
Hi there, I guess I know what you mean. I had dream of being a doctor too when I was smaller. But by time, I learn that maths never bore me. You may say I am biased, but Maths is becoming more and more known now. Anyway In medicine you really need to struggle, I am not saying you would not struggle in Maths, (we will always have to encounter difficulties to achieve success right?) but as you were saying you want to take medicine just because everyone tell you so. This will definitely make it slightly difficult for you, as you are not sure is it medicine that you want.
How about for this once, you ask your heart and take what ever course your heart desire, either medicine or number-related course. But be warn, number-related course doesn't involve only numbers but also its logical view. So it is definitely more than the everyday Maths you think you had gone through.
About career, I suggest that you take something that will make you happy while you are at it. Because I believe that if we are happy with what we are doing, everything will be as great for us.
Anyway, I wish you all the best! This is going to be tough for you. ^^
Thank you for your opinion. True,maths that I love may not be the same one that i'll be facing in universities. And I am not sure either I can stand working out with numbers and Maths for a long time or not. Thanks again, it is tough but I'll work it out somehow. HEHE
Originally Posted by Nicholas92
Simple answer is this: if your 'dream' of taking medicine has only ever been because lots of people have been telling you to (as it was for me last time) then DON'T take medicine.
If you like numbers you might want to look into that instead.
The thing is I've always wanted to be a doctor when I was little, but when I was in my upper secondary, I became more interested in Maths because I knew I'll do great with it.
But now, it seems that I can really get what I want since I know how to handle the pressure and everything. The point is, I am not 100% sure if Medicine is what I want.
Originally Posted by eve88
It seems that you previously was interested in medicine "since you were little", and everyone has been telling you the advantages of it, but recently you've been reading articles that swaying you the other way.
You also like playing with numbers - and is seriously considering math as a path do go down.
Yes - If you have an outstanding passion (if you have it its hard to miss it) - go for the one you're passionate about, the thing that you can do for years and years if need be.
If you don't have the passion it does not necessarily exclude either course. Start with the simple things - write down your reasons for and against both. Few questions you can consider : What attracted you to medicine? How does that picture do in comparison with what you now know? Are you still drawn to those aspects of medicine? Why math - which aspect of math are you interested in? (calculus, set theory, logic, applied math etc) Whats you ideal job like? (office vs lab work/research vs "in the field/hands on" ; solitary vs being around lots of people; that sort of thing) How soon do you want to start earning money - is that very important for you? How do you feel about continual learning throughout your life? What are the alternatives?
With medicine the important thing is to know the reality of it - that its not glamorous work, that medicine seldom fixes anything completely and there are few silver bullets, that you're looking at (in some fields) a lifetime of being on call / shift work and there's no such thing as 9 to 5 (even as a GP you don't shed all your responsibilities, if you receive a call from your patient at night you're obliged to direct them to the relevant places (hospital ED) - you have a "duty of care"). But on the flip side it is very satisfying - you make people feel better!, its never boring (never stop using your brain), its not a office job (and it is "hands on" - you use your hands for a lot of things)...
I don't mind working extra hours and doing everything by hand. I am not sure whether a doctor is still needed in the working area. I'm afraid maybe there'll be too many doctors and there's some courses with lack of force.
But,I've consider your advice and it seems to me that medicine is more likely for me.
Originally Posted by youngyew
Someone should have nudged me about this thread, this is almost like a thread made for me to answer!
I was good at maths in high school (I went for international maths olympiad) and my favourite subjects were none other than maths and physics. However I am now a happy doctor. So it's not necessarily true that if you don't follow your passion you will not lead a happy life.
One thing that we need to realise when we deal with generic advice like "follow your passion", "go for the lifestyle" etc is that there's always a certain element of uncertainty involved with them, and everyone's mileage will vary, sometimes very wildly.
For example, when you mentioned that "I love to play with numbers", in exactly what way do you love maths? Do you mean that you like recreational maths? Do you like to tackle university level mathematics? Do you love mathematical theories and want to spend your life with them (e.g. different degrees of infinity
)? Do you love solving engineering problems with calculus?
Besides, when you said you have always dreamt of becoming a doctor, just what is the aspect of medicine that attracts you? Is it the prestige, the income, the ability to help others or the knowledge of how the human body works and doesn't work?
Another question that I would pose is, how would you describe your personality and your ability to tolerate stress? Medicine can be an extremely stressful career, and it takes a certain mental strength to cope with it on a daily basis.
To share a bit about myself, I went for medicine mainly under the influence of my five sisters who have already studied medicine or worked as a doctor when I was doing SPM. They advised me about the life as a doctor and the rewards of being one (not purely monetary of course). The other factor that influenced my decision was that I did not want to end up with an office or academic job. In the end I went for medicine. So have I ever regretted studying medicine? Yes, at times I have lamented that I would do much better academically have I studied maths or engineering instead of medicine; but now that I have joined the medical workforce, I have not regretted the life as a doctor, in fact I am reasonably happy that I have gone down this path.
So this is what happened to me, but as I said above, your mileage may vary. I am sharing my experience mainly as an example of how "follow your passion" may not always mean that "if you don't follow your passion you will be unhappy with your life".
(But then again I have just gotten married two days ago, so I might be feeling much happier than usual. I digress.)
I a little bit different than you, I love Maths and Biology. I can tolerate Physics, just it doesn't suit me, or at least I think so.
For all know, I love to see how the problems being solved by mathematical ways. however, I've never been exposed to calculus and mathematical engineering. So I am not sure.
as for medicine, I'm attracted to learn how human were able to be so special. To understand the way a body works. And yes, I truly can handle stress. Though, I am not sure what are the stress level. But at least for now, when I was working under pressure, I am stable.
Your life seems to be exciting.
and to be honest, your answer does help me getting my spirit back in continuing career in medicine, I thank you for that. hopefully, I'll be able to do great in my A-levels.
And yes, congrats on your wedding
hope you'll be happy for the rest of your life.