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Story Synopsis:

Jack's Taiwanese immigrant parents want their son to be a doctor, and he's doing everything he can to meet that goal. After two years on the pre-med fast-track, he begins a summer internship that will take him outside the classroom to test his one-on-one skill with patients for the first time. After the six-week program he'll know if he's really cut out for medicine, and if he has the stuff to realize his parents' dreams. The problem is, it's not clear whether Jack shares the same dream. "There's this constant pressure that I must do well," he acknowledges. Charming and playful, Jack is doing impressively well in his course of studies. His commitment is visible as he ticks off his class schedule for the fall, "Biochemistry, Epidemiology, ," but there is a lot of stress. Jack asks his parents how they would feel if he dropped out. Their response, "It would be our nightmare."

Q&A:

Q: What has this taught you? If you could share just one thought more, what would it be?

A: Keep a diary so you can always look back and evaluate the past and the present, forming the new anchor for your future. That brief period of video diary I know I'll always cherish. I get to tap back to my old self whenever I want.

Q: Do you have any regrets?

A: Yes to medicine and no to the video project. School is just too "grinding." I often feel like life is flying by and Jack's missing it because he spends so much time in the library. But whenever I'm interacting with patients.... Jack's soooo happy because he loves it soo much. I absolutely feel so lucky to be able to deal with people in this sense..... but my only wish is that somehow I can just have all the medical info needed "downloaded" directly to my brain instead of having to read it and reread it over and over. Sigh.

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