The peer pressure of a medical dream in India

If you are either born, studying, or working in India, you pretty much should have come across these two terms echoed all across your schooling life. NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) with numerous coaching institutes across India advertising every corner of streets to train young minds towards these exams. But if you had asked anyone a decade ago about these exams, the scenario was different.

Only a handful of students had the dream of competing in national level entrance tests and securing seats in Institutes of National Importance to become a great doctor or an engineer. But in a society like where the majority of society influences your career, all young minds have sown the stereotype that being a doctor is the status symbol of this society.

The stereotype and the dilemma

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In countries like India, parents get to decide on what their children should study, and such decisions are majorly impacted by neighbors and society. This is where the problem lands in the lives of children. This advice come mostly in the form of examples of kit and kin of these societies. They also mostly tend to quote the fact that they are in higher positions with digits behind their salary. There comes the origin of these stereotypes, and therefore parents are driven towards this mindset. In addition to this, parents are also driven to give their children the status symbol which this society demands.

All this pressure finally lands on the tender brain of the kids where they are manipulated to study medicine in their early teenage. In such manipulation, parents tend to forget the level of capabilities these children possess. Moreover, this also kills the curiosity of exploration in these children and drives them towards these stereotypes. This naturally drives these children to score more marks in their high schools and work hard in higher secondary to score more in NEET. But in this race, many students start to realize that this is not their cup of tea and end up these dreams halfway.

But what’s even worse is that many students believe they possess those capabilities and keep on trying like a hamster on a wheel and finally give up. It’s in this process many students undergo mental depression due to the high expectations on them. And when students fail to meet such expectations, some even take their own life. We should also note that even after ending up in the best medical college, students have their moment of realization that medicine might be tedious and end up choosing alternating careers. Only a fraction of students do end up in this race to pursue their true dream of becoming a Doctor.

More than medicine

Parents stand a major role in guiding children on the right path rather than implementing their dreams or society’s demands. When such guiding students will definitely be happy in what they do and climb the career ladder easily. Students also need to explore their abilities rather than running a race of driven mindsets. They also have the role of convincing and making their parents understand what they really want.

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Please remember that everyone cannot be a doctor, and it’s normal to fail in NEET exams. Because everyone has their own capabilities, and you can always retry and don’t care about others. In the end, You live for yourself and not the society—every profession is respectable. I had my moment of realization in 2016, and I hope you can have it too.

If you are in a dilemma in the medical field, don’t worry, you have a lot to explore. You can still be a doctor by becoming a dentist, veterinarian, doctor of alternate medicine, or physiotherapist. Also, your additional innumerable allied health science fields in which you can serve the community.

If you are personally interested in studying veterinary medicine in India, do leave me a message. I will definitely do my best to guide you.

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