You know.. I just have to say it. You really sound extremely egocentric. People should just give you money because of your potential? Please. What makes you think you have anymore potential than the rest of us?
Even though I am a fairly arrogant person (I won't deny it), I was mostly asserting the reality that I'm NOT going to get any money merely based on potential. Nobody will. I guess it came off really big-headed, but I was basically just ranting at how much of a disadvantage I am at based on my choice of career. Not only is it the most expensive degree, but it's also arguably the most challenging, has the highest competition, and employs the strictest guidelines.
Go to the Wiki for homeopathy
and try to change one sentence. You can literally count the minutes until somebody reverts it back. That's the kind of resistance to change that exists in this field. You have to be a fairly egocentric person to believe in yourself and make a difference in such a lucrative yet obstinate field like medicine. Altruism only gets you so far, I've already learned that lesson a few times.
I'm not comparing myself to anybody else; I know there are lots and lots of bright young minds who all deserve the same opportunities. I don't know if you've noticed, depending on your perspective, but society (at least North American society) is gradually entering a slump with progressively stupider leaders and a progressively sicker and more incapable population. Less and less is being accomplished at a time when the capacity for accomplishment is at its highest. A new generation of leaders from all walks of life could dramatically shift this decline into something positive, but reality is that most of us won't get that chance, which is very disappointing. We burden our youth at the time when they have the weakest foundation to carry such a burden. The odds are piled in such a way that it seems that we are more willing to see people fail than succeed. I'm not talking about you or me or anybody else in particular. I'm talking about our countries as a whole.
In hindsight, it might have been a better idea to make a simple intro post like "I'm Syntax, I'm 23, and I really like ROMs and stuff lol. P.S. Happy New Year everyone!", but then that wouldn't be very fair, right? In the end you wouldn't really know anything about me, which is the whole point of this topic. Now you know more than you probably wanted to.
For 23, you seem to be detached from reality quite a bit.
Don't worry, I'm fairly in tune with reality, mostly the reality that it's not going to be as easy as I thought to become an M.D.
You might consider going into the research division instead of being a doctor. Doctors have very little leeway in what methods they use to treat patients, and "unorthodox" doctors usually end up getting sued when something goes wrong.
But doctors get all the chicks.
I know, that is very true. And ideally, I do want to do some research since what I'm intending needs a lot more research anyway. But the truth is, doctors are more respected than scientists, at least by the public. I also want to directly treat patients as part of my research, and only a certified medical doctor can legally diagnose patients and prescribe treatments.
There are already people like Kevin Trudeau
who are trying to open eyes and show people new possibilities beyond drugs and surgery. But he keeps getting gagged (not literally) and sued. You know why? Because he's not a doctor. There's a kind of blind credibility that all doctors seem to have, regardless of whether they are doing more harm than good. Even though my ultimate goal is to change the way doctors operate (no pun intended), becoming a doctor is pretty much a prerequisite if you want people to give a shit about what you think.
I'm not trying to discredit doctors at all, they deserve a lot of credit for getting that far. There is a lot of competition in medical schools; something like a percent of a percent of all students who go to medical school actually become M.D.'s. It's just a shame that most doctors quickly lose their free will and become obliged to follow a flawed system that even goes directly against Hippocrates, the father of all medicine.
I watched "Ichi the Killer" awhile ago, but most of his movies are so violent that even I can't sit through them. As a director, he really likes his violence. I do like Japanese film on the whole, though. Do you have any other favorites besides Miike?
Ichi the Killer is probably his most violent movie.
And maybe the first Dead or Alive. Yeah, he definately does like his violence, and his yakuza gangs.
I've seen probably a dozen movies of his that focus almost entirely on some form of yakuza. But he also makes some more calm and expressionistic films like The Bird People in China and Happiness of the Katakuris.
Korean director Chan-wook Park is another favourite director of mine. His 2003 movie Oldboy is one of my favourites. I've seen a bunch of older movies from people like Akira Kurosawa and Masaki Kobayashi. And of course, I like almost everything by Hayao Miyazaki. Most other movies I watch I generally don't pay attention to the details. Names like Beat Takeshi and Shohei Imamura come to mind, but I don't remember which movies go with which names. o_O
Many student loans for schools around here(tri-state area NY,PA,NJ) will give you loans with NO INTEREST until you graduate and then up to 12 years to pay it back after that!
A student loan is among st the BEST loan you can possibly get from anyone. I'd imagine there are some bad deals such as (wraith) described, but geniuses should be able to spot those a mile away.
Canada is definately much different in that respect, especially British Columbia. Maybe I should seriously consider going to school somewhere else...