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Becoming a Doctor

It seems like every parent wants their kid to grow up to be a doctor... but, maybe you really want to! Being a doctor is all about helping sick people get healthy, and if this sounds like somethin' you wanna do, then find out what it takes to follow your dream!

Doctors - What Do Doctors Do?

If you have the flu, you go see the doctor. If you break your leg from falling down the stairs, you go see the doctor. If you get sick with something serious like mono or the measles, you go see the doctor. As you can see, medical doctors do a lot more then wear white coats and carry around stethoscopes. They help sick people by figuring out what's wrong with them and giving them the right medicine to get better.

Doctors - School, School and More School!

In order to be a doctor, you have to get accepted to medical school - but not just anybody can get in. It takes a lot of hard work to learn about the human body and its functions, so you're going to have to study a lot and get good grades, starting in high school. Take every math and science class, including biology, physics, chemistry and calculus. You should also volunteer at a clinic or hospital while you're in high school to help you figure out if you really want a life-long career in medicine.

In college, you have to major in pre-med, which means more math and science courses, and get a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA (grade point average). Once you graduate, you have to take the MCAT (Medical College of Admission Test), which is a standardized, multiple-choice test that has four sections - biological sciences, physical sciences, verbal reasoning and essay writing. Your MCAT score and college transcript will determine whether or not you get accepted to medical school.

Now comes med school... for four years, you'll learn about the human body, diseases and treatment, as well as learn how to take a patient's medical history and perform physical exams. You also have to figure out if you want to go into family medicine, or specialize in a field like neurology (the brain), internal medicine (the organs), or general surgery. After med school, you'll do 3+ years of residency in your chosen specialty. Then after that, you'll get a medical license, which allows you to work in a hospital, clinic, group practice, or private practice. Now you're done - whew!

Doctors - The Good Stuff About Being a Doctor

Forget Superman or Spider-Man or any of those other superheroes - doctors are the real heroes cuz they're the ones who save people's lives! Nothing is more rewarding than that.

Doctors - The Bad Stuff About Being a Doctor

Most doctors don't work nine to five jobs. They may have to work on evenings and weekends too, and be on call. That means you have to wear a pager 24/7 and if you get paged, you'll have to go into work, even if it's your birthday or a holiday, cuz a sick person needs your help. Oh, and that's another downside - you're always around sick people, which can be pretty depressing.

Doctors - Did U Know?

Medical school is extremely expensive, but you won't be in debt for long. Family doctors make up to $200,000 US, ER doctors make up to $250,000 US, and plastic surgeons and cardiologists (heart doctors) make $450,000 uS or more!

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bookwormlestrange
I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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