My Life Of Becoming A Doctor

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Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to become a doctor. By the age of 8, I had my life planned out. When my primary school principal asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied “I am going to be a doctor and an All Black”. Now I realise, although it is not physically possible for me to be an All Black, I am drawing closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a doctor.
This interest in medicine stems from a number of sources. Firstly, I wish to emulate my parents who both have a background in the health sector. Secondly, both of my grandmothers were frequently in and out of hospital, during the final years of their lives. I would regularly go to their rest homes and sit with the elderly residents, who were often lonely and just needed some company. This spurred an interest in helping vulnerable social groups, particularly the elderly and disabled. Thirdly, I have seen at school and in my community, the deprivation and poverty which cripples our society. Being of Māori descent, one of my goals in life is to give back to the community by helping underprivileged families, many of whom are Māori.
A role model of mine is Dr. Lance O’Sullivan, a GP in the far North. He is passionate about Māori health and is fighting the corrosive effects of poverty in his community. I wish to follow in Dr. O’Sullivan’s footsteps and make a difference in society. I have seen reports in the media, of the shortage of GP’s in New Zealand. This field of medicine interests me as I enjoy having
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