Hi! So I'm currently 17 years old and have been accepted into uni for humanities. But, recently I've had an overwhelming feeling to pursue medicine as a career. I've always wanted to go into the medical field but a lot of personal and detrimental things have happened to me in the past 17 years that impacted me negatively in turn leading me to believe that I could never succeed in the medical field. I'm finally in a better place and medicine and science are huge passions of mine. (continued...)
(continued…) Basically, I’m just wondering if it is too late for me to pursue a career in medicine? Also, I’m not sure how I would go about doing so. Just feeling very lost and need some advice lol. Thank you :)
First of all, congratulations for getting into uni! Even if you have doubts about whether it’s a good idea, it is still an amazing accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself.
I wanted to write that I am sorry to hear you have doubts about your future, but that is not actually true. I am not sorry you question your plans, because it means you take your future seriously, and therefore, are less likely to make a rushed or an ill-considered decision. I obviously assume that you thought about that matter for quite some time and this is not a case of cold feet (which is also pretty normal before a huge change, which starting university undoubtedly is), so here are some of my thoughts, that you will hopefully find helpful.
I am a firm believer of the fact that you can change your life at any point, whether you are 17, 27, 47 or even 77, but for some unknown reason there is this terrible pressure on young people, that they should have their life completely figured out by the age of 20, or even better, before they finish high-school. It is awful and causes an enormous amount of stress on them, because not everyone gets into uni right away (or even wants to attend one) and there are people who discover they actually hate their major, or there are people who won’t finish uni or will have to retake some exams or take a break. Long story short, not everyone will be completely satisfied with where they are at the age of 25, much to the dismay of society. But they shouldn’t care, because it’s their life and they are the only ones who can decide how they want to live it.
What I’m trying to say is that there is nothing weird or wrong with wanting to study medicine even if for the last couple of years you seemed set on humanities. This will probably be a huge change, one that may in some way define your life, but that shouldn’t stop you. There is nothing more amazing than following your passion, specially when you are this young. Because, you must remember, that even though it is possible to change your life at any point of it, it is undoubtedly easier to do so when you are young (and you are oh-so-young), with no real responsibilities and oh so many possibilities.
And on how to get into medical school- I have no idea where you are from, therefore all I can say is that you will probably have to study a lot in the next year, or maybe even two years. You might not get into a medical school right away- it may take you a year or even two, but that shouldn’t discourage you, because believe me nobody cares about age difference in medical school (I attend one class with a 37-year old man, who is amazingly nice, and is also a great example of my “change your life whenever you want” theory).
Also, on a side note- you are 17, the only thing you are too late for is winning a child beauty pageant. Your whole life is ahead of you, it’s not too late for anything :)
Good luck and lots of love dear Anon,