I was born and raised in New York City. Both my parents immigrated from Sri Lanka in 1992. I went to high school in Queens and now attend college in Manhattan. I am currently pursuing a degree in biochemistry. This requires taking many hard science classes. It is challenging but, at the same time, interesting.
In my last year of high school, I learned about the field of Forensic Science while watching a TV show called “48 hour Mystery”. It really caught my attention. I liked the combination of law and science as a job. It highly interested me when I learned about solving crimes through science. The job in particular that caught my attention is forensic pathologist, or medical examiner. They are doctors who find the cause of death of a person by doing an autopsy. I started researching into it, read numerous books and articles. I learned about the duties of a medical examiner and the job itself interested me even more. I am highly fascinated by the human body.
When I was younger, I always wanted to become a doctor. At first, I saw myself wanting to become a pediatrician because I thought working with children would be fun.
My parents have suggested various professions such as a doctor, lawyer, and engineer. But, more recently, they told me that it was completely my own choice. My parents support the decision I make, but they also advised me to look through other options after hearing the necessary requirements to fulfill it: going to school for at least 13 yrs. That’s a lot of time and effort. That is when I started to question myself.
Sometimes, I’m not sure if I want to go to medical school or if I’m suitable for the job. I know it will be tough. There will be no free time because I’ll be studying day and night. I don’t know if I can handle the pressure. Also, another issue I have to consider is the money it would take to pay for all the years of schooling. Therefore, if I could not pursue the job of a medical examiner then I definitely still want to have a job in the Forensic Science field. Forensic Science is my passion and I am really looking forward to working in any occupation in the field.