My dad wanted me to become a doctor, but I really don't want to spend 8 years in college just for the most basic doctoring degree.
Parent's always seem to want you to become a doctor for some reason. Maybe it's the prestige "See my kid is smart enough to make it as a doctor". You never hear them bragging "My kid's a sociopathic serial killer" or anything...
Anyway, yep, going for an MD is a ton of work (more than that 8 years in college, you've also got internships, etc. then dealing with a practice. It's more than a decade out of your life. It's a hell of a lot of work and costs a ton of money. Not something to get into unless you really feel the calling. I give kudos to those that are willing to deal with it.
Yeah just about every Indian wants their kid to become a doctor. I'm fairly religious and at my temple, 7 out of the 12 high schoolers who regularly come to my temple plan to become doctors. 2 are still in freshman and sophomore years and they're undecided, one wants to become a biomedical engineer (that's still related to medical though..), there's one who wants to be a business major, and there's me who wants to go into computer science.
Also, my sister wants to become a doctor. She wants to get into the Johns hopkins medical school right out of high school. They demand a 2100 or higher on the SAT's. She studied for 2 weeks nonstop other than eating and school for the test, and regularly studied for 3 months before that. My cousin is studying for premed. He has to memorize a stack of books, cover to cover, stacked from the floor to his waist for 1 semester alone. Too much freaking work.
BTW, who would brag about being a sociopathic killer?