After carefully dissecting the views of Italian doctors and other expats, I ended back to my same conclusion; Rome's the place for me.
The fact is that I need more than medical school. That's why I'm going to Italy.
Padova is a nice town, I've lived there already, but I will learn so much more from a large international city with world class museums and events, a place bustling with people, a large institution, and even the city's chaos. When I weigh everything out, Rome wins hands down! It has so much to offer!
If I were to pass this by, I would regret it for the rest of my life.
6 years in Rome... The people I'll meet. The places I'll see. The events I'll witness. The museums I'll know. So many non-profit organizations have headquarters in Rome. There will be a lot of good and bad, and I will learn from it all, and it will stay with me no matter where I go after medical school.
I've faced enormous challenges all my life, and I've learned from each one of them, and I'm still here. Actually, it makes me who I am.
Photo credit: Christopher McKean Scott, view his photo blog. (Thanks Chris :)
The fact is that I need to balance out science. I don't just want to be another nerd. Life experiences teach me more than any book will ever teach me. That's why I'm going to Rome.
The fact is that I want a large international city with intense culture and history. That's why I'm going to Rome.
Photo Credit: Stuck In Customs Blog, Creative Common License
My father always tells me, "Don't take anything for granted. Once you take something for granted, you fail to savor everything it has to offer, and you are not as happy." While I'm in Rome, I will look around and remind myself of how hard it was to get there, what a privilege it is to live there, and I'll savor every second as if were the last...
I'm sure I'll be challenged every day, and I wouldn't want it any other way.