"Talk to your teachers and professors, particularly the ones teaching classes pertaining to your career. It’s a common piece of advice that constantly gets drilled into us, but in the few times I have gone to their office hours, I came back with insight I hadn’t even expected to come across, whether it is about the class itself or a career path."
Hear Lawrence talk about his experiences in high school and how he encourages you pursue this pathway!
My career roadmap has been defined since the beginning.
One of my first memories was deciding I wanted to be a doctor; hearing great stories about my grandfather as a doctor inspired me to follow in his steps.
Because of my newfound interest, my fascination with the sciences constantly grew throughout my years in primary school.
While my experience with the violin detracted from my interest in becoming a musician, it showed me the intricacies in cultivating a precise and complex skill that can prove useful in my future studies.
I joined a science summer camp that broadened my knowledge of possibilities outside of the medical field.
Entering highschool, I didn’t have much knowledge of extracurricular opportunities outside of my non-career related ones, so I made sure to direct more focus on my grades.
In my last two years of highschool, I volunteered at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. My experiences there not only gave me expansive insight into hospital work, but also solidified my passion for bettering lives through the medical field.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY AOC CAREER
Volunteered at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Taking on leadership roles through judging Taekwondo championships
Treasurer of AMSA AOC
Member of Project Linus
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
Member of AMSA (American Medical Student Association) at UCSD
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
I plan to take on more shadowing or internship opportunities to better equip me with networks and experience. Utilizing the resources provided by career-based organizations is something I look to when opportunities seem scarce.
How to maximize your AOC experience?
Advice #1: Develop a reliable study habit early on. In any field where being a repository of profound understanding and knowledge is expected of you, knowing how to achieve it is just as important. Studying was always a fruitless task of labor for me because I didn’t understand how exactly to study. Now that I’ve figured out how I personally study best, I regret not focusing on developing this skill years ago.
Advice #2: Talk to your teachers and professors, particularly the ones teaching classes pertaining to your career. It’s a common piece of advice that constantly gets drilled into us, but in the few times I have gone to their office hours, I came back with insight I hadn’t even expected to come across, whether it is about the class itself or a career path.
Advice #3: Communication skills are very important to have. There is always useful information you can gain just through your interactions with people with similar ambitions and aspirations.
Advice #4: Make sure you understand each class’ material before the next time that class meets. It is incredibly easy to fall behind the course schedule once the information from each class session accumulates. That being said, preparing for exams will not be nearly as stressful if you learn the material consistently.