It’s a job nothing short of demanding, a career requiring rigorous education, constant training, and a hectic schedule.
Senior Auburn student, Allie Andrews, came into Auburn confident she was going to become a doctor. She had grown up listening to grandfather in awe while he told miracle stories of medical surgeries he was able to do throughout his career. Andrews had grown up watching medical videos, shows, and movies. A genuine passion developed.
“As a freshman, I didn’t know anything about the specific curriculum. I just knew I wanted to be a doctor,” Allie Andrews said.
Andrews began her freshman year as a pre-med major; however, self-doubt crept in throughout the year. Whether it was other students complaining about how challenging the curriculum was or hearing others fail out of the major, Andrews' concerns continually grew.
“I started to doubt myself. I was scared to fail. The fear of failing was constantly on my mind,” Andrews said.
During Andrews' second semester of her freshman year, she decided to switch her major to kinesiology pre-physical therapy. After being in pre-physical therapy for one month, she then changed to public relations and then again to nursing.
"I was completely lost. I didn't know what else to do with my career. I was all over the board of majors," Andrews said.
Andrews explained she was never fully satisfied with the majors she switched too. The majors only grew Andrew’s desire to become a doctor.
"I wasn't happy with any of the majors I switched too. I would be in a public relations class thinking about biology. It just wasn't right," Andrews said.
One year later, Andrews, for fun, asked to shadow her grandfather at work. Andrews grandfather, Dr. James Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Little did Allie know, shadowing her grandfather would turn her desire to become a doctor into a full-blown aspiration.
"I got the opportunity to watch a UCL reconstruction surgery on an ulnar collateral ligament. It was incredible. I walked out of that surgery knowing one thing for sure, and that was I absolutely had to switch my major back to pre-Med. I was going to be a doctor," Andrews said.
Andrews is now a senior at Auburn University completing her pre-med major. She has had the opportunity to complete a mission trip helping children with cancer, shadow multiple surgeries and be a part of a medical research group. She is living her own, personal dream.
“I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than being a doctor. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it,” Andrews said.