The decision to study medicine at university should not be made without a great deal of thought and research into the reality of life as a doctor. At the age of 17 it can be difficult to know （ア：w ）you want to go to university at all, let alone study for at least 5 years. Your future career ideas should be discussed with family and friends but the （イ：f ）decision needs to be an individual one. Those around you are likely to have differing views; parents and teachers may feel that （ウ：m ）is a respected profession and possibly encourage you to take this path but （エ：s ）doctors may try to dissuade you. Speak to as many students, doctors and （オ：o ）healthcare professionals as possible in order to gain as many opinions as possible. Ask individuals to justify their reasoning （カ：f ）choosing medicine as a career and to explain why they would or would not recommend it; （キ：w ）experiencing life as a doctor, it is difficult to know what it will really be like. We all know friends （ク：w ）have avoided medicine following their personal experience with one or both parents as doctors. In comparison many students, after experiencing （ケ：t ）own family life, do decide to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Although relatively common, try not to be persuaded or coerced into studying medicine by your family － it is YOUR decision and YOUR career for the （コ：r ）of your life. For older candidates, the decision is even more （サ：d ）. A mature student needs to be certain that the decision to study medicine is the right （シ：o ）as often there is more at stake; each applicant will have their own personal circumstances but returning to student life may involve leaving paid employment and moving a family around the country.
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