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Realizing dreams

Student uses job shadow to explore potential career

Posted: February 24, 2009 11:39 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Elizabeth Kerr uses an opportunity as a job shadow at Boston Scientific to learn more about the medical field she hopes to one day enter.

Recently, I received an opportunity to job shadow an employee of Boston Scientific.

The company produces an implant that is placed either into the spine or the brain to stimulate nerves and decrease pain at any point in the human body.

I learned how the device works, what processes had to be completed to start trials and what cautions every researcher must take to avoid complications.

I was also surrounded by a number of professional employees of Boston Scientific all working diligently to get the job done.

However, I believe my most important experience was self-realization and inspiration.

I arrived at Boston Scientific in my big car with my dress clothes on, hair done, fully made up and ready to learn.

I entered the aptly named “medical circle” and drove around looking at the different medical buildings, imagining what the companies do for the medical community.

I stopped my car and asked myself, “Could I continue to do this for the rest of my life?”

After all, this was job shadowing to see if my decision to choose medicine was what I truly wanted to do. I answered my question immediately: I could not picture doing anything else.

I will walk through the doors of one of the buildings and will truly help someone, perhaps even save a life.

I believe that choosing the medical profession is the correct decision for me.

I know it will take a lot of hard work, time and effort to realize my dream, but I know that I will be able to do it.

I came home and immediately started working on my brag sheet and my USC application process.

I can’t seem to put my feelings into words. I’m excited and a little scared, but most of all I’m ecstatic.

I know in my heart and my soul that this where I need to be, this is what I need to be doing. I will gain the education required because it is what I am supposed to do. The idea of any other profession has faded from my mind.

I was born to be Dr. Elizabeth Kerr.

Elizabeth Kerr is a senior at Saugus High School.


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