Ayah Ahmed: Humans of Staten Island Tech

“I’m not sure what I want to be in the future yet. I’m really passionate about acting, so I’m trying to cultivate that in my free time, but I also know I want to become a doctor. I’m going to pursue a pre-med track in college, but I have no idea what I want to specialize in. I think the go-to answer for why anyone wants to be a doctor is ‘to help others’ and that definitely holds true for me, but there’s more to it. Last year, my grandpa got really sick and for months he was in between various hospitals, and as soon as he seemed to start healing from one thing, he’d get sick with another. Watching my grandpa get weaker and weaker made me realize that the feeling I hate most in the world is helplessness. Every time he would switch doctors or get diagnosed with something new, I’d immediately research it and ask his doctors all about it, and some of them would be nice enough to really explain each illness to me. Somehow it made me feel better because I was more informed about the medical decisions they were making. I hated the feeling of being unable to do anything about my grandpa’s sickness, but just watch. I wanted to do everything in my power to try to make him get better or at least feel better, even as I watched doctors give up on him towards the end. I’m not naive. I know that when I become a doctor I won’t be able to save everyone. But I will do everything in my power to try and help them because I refuse to be helpless.”

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