Eli Medvescek (United States, WK 11-12)
I attended WK from 2011-2012 as part of the IB class of 2012.
My career path is actually kind of binary: there's a military component and a medical component. My inspiration for this binary career path is derived from interweaving life experiences. A near-death experience just prior to attending Waterford gave me perspective on the medical process and the difference that doctors can make in people's lives. In this experience, my life was saved by a former military physician; learning about his life taught me about how the military specifically trains its physicians to provide care in austere environments, severe places that even most humanitarian organizations are unwilling to go. Clinical experiences from Ward 8 to working as an EMT in college showed me how incredible it can be to interact with patients, and solidified my love for patient care; however, it also showed me that patient care in less-than-ideal environments (as in the military) provides unique challenges that go above and beyond those found in normal hospitals.
I was really fascinated by the human physiology component of biology, and remember making huge life-sized diagrams of the human body with annotations across important systems. Ms Willmot, while stern, was an incredible teacher - she was very instrumental in inspiring me towards my path today. Various experiences have also given me tremendous exposure to the empathetic, compassionate side of medicine.
For those interested in studying medicine (and especially studying medicine in the US), you've got to work really hard. There's really no way around it - you can't cut corners. Put in the time, study, and do it right. Even starting in IB (or in the forms), you can start laying the foundation for a successful career. Kind of along with this, pursue opportunities if and when they present themselves. Become a "yes" person and you'd be amazed at how many doors will open up. Get involved with your community and chase the things that genuinely fascinate you. Lastly, don't forget to engage in self-care. The medical career path can be enormously stressful and really hack away at your mental and emotional health. Get outside, work out, and remember to cut yourself some slack.
Everyone in the rock climbing crew, tango crew, HL Maths crew, gym crew, Redemption (or whatever the hallway is called now), HL Anthro crew... I dunno, the list goes on.
I loved all of my teachers! Make Smyth (SL SiSwati ab initio) was probably the most hilarious. Special shout out to all my instructors!