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BLOG!!! --> Here's Edward Wu answering the big question... Why Pre-Med?
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"So, I’m probably going to have to answer this question in the near future so I think I’ll give it a rough shot now. Why pre-med?
One of the things that really inspired me or rather irked me was an anecdote in regards to the bystander effect. The bystander effect is a phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals don’t act or offer help based on the notion that someone else will take care of the situation. The story is as follows. In the midst of heavy traffic, a relatively large football player and his girlfriend get into an argument, which escalates to the point where the football player takes her out of the car to assault her, to the point of killing her. In heavy traffic, there are at least ten individuals in the vicinity, collectively they should be able to rip the football player apart, but no one did a thing. This really angered me and has taught me that I never want to be a bystander. I believe in heroism and I have utmost respect for those that put their lives on the line for others. I never want to be put in a position where someone’s life is in danger and there’s nothing I can do about it. When I grow up, I want to be a hero.
Something else that has motivated me is an ex-girlfriend of mine. We’ll call her Bob. Bob was really close to me but as we became closer, things got a little scarier. I learned that she would cut herself or have thoughts of taking her life. Never would I have thought that the girl that was all smiles and rainbows would do things like that. I was scared. I couldn’t just break-up with her and forget about it. Depression was something I didn’t quite understand at the moment and I would just tell her to suck it up and be happy. But I gave her my time and attention, and every smile that I gave her made me smile tenfold inside. From that point on I have made it a personal goal of mine to make at least one person smile every day. Not only has she spiked my interest in studying depression, she has taught me how scary depression can really be and it is something I would not wish upon my greatest enemies. Some of my happiest friends have been depressed and it scares me how powerful depression can be. Losing someone to depression is one of my biggest fears and I want to play my part against it. The biggest smiles have endured the biggest hardships."
-- Edward Wu