I live in Australia, and I have the opportunity to go to medical school straight from high school. I am almost 17, and it is a 5 year course. My parents and teachers have sort of nudged me into it, as I do have the grades, it seems to just be expected of me. I am really interested in medicine, and I love to learn. It just doesn't seem like the right fit for me- I am not an outgoing, fun, or very friendly people person. I am so lost here. Wayfaring, do you have any advice?
Doctors do not have to be outgoing, bubbly extroverts. Some patients need calm, relaxed introverted doctors. And some specialties (radiology, anesthesiology, pathology) require little patient contact, so personality doesn’t have to be a problem.
But also: don’t do medicine unless you really want it. Don’t let your parents’ and teachers’ expectations of you color your own interests. Just because you have the grades to do something doesn’t mean you’d actually enjoy it or be particularly good at it. I made A’s in calculus but I hated every minute of it and would be miserable if I had to be an engineer or math teacher. I know plenty of extremely smart people who made excellent grades who didn’t follow “professional” career paths, and most of them are all the happier for it because they pursued what they were interested in.
You said you love to learn. That’s awesome. In making your decision, consider what you LOVE learning. It may be something you can make a career out of, or it may be something that you do as a hobby. That’s fine. But don’t pursue a career in something based solely off your intellectual abilities.