Beyond Borders: My Journey to Becoming a Doctor

My name is Raman Preet Kaur, and I am currently a 6th-year medical student at the Medical
University of Sofia. My journey to medical school and my aspirations to become a doctor have been a
unique and culturally enriching experience filled with both challenges and triumphs. I would like to
share my journey, one where determination and dreams play a pivotal role.

I was born in India, and my life took a significant turn when I moved to Germany at the age of 13. The
cultural shock was profound, transitioning from a small Indian town to a new and unfamiliar
environment. However, I adapted, learned the language, and found friends who helped me integrate
into German society.

Ever since I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. Little did I know that this dream would take
me on a path filled with challenges and adventures.

After completing my A-Levels, I set my sights on fulfilling my dream of attending medical school in
Germany. However, there was a long waiting list, so I decided to pursue a career in nursing. Although
I acquired valuable experience, my unwavering passion for becoming a doctor remained. I wanted
more from my career. So, I reapplied to medical schools in Germany multiple times but had no

As another year passed without acceptance into medical school, I broadened my horizons beyond
Germany. I also applied in Austria, but the waiting list was another year long, so I had to find another
alternative. At that time, I was facing personal hardships, which made the whole process of rejection
more frustrating and challenging. Nevertheless, I remained determined to find a way to achieve my

It was during this challenging time that a friend studying dentistry in Sofia, Bulgaria, introduced me
to the Medical University of Sofia. The university offered medical degrees in English, which was a
game-changer for me. This opportunity meant that I could study in a language that opened doors
internationally. After conducting my research, I applied and, to my delight, got accepted.

A Fresh Start in Bulgaria:

Moving to Bulgaria was a major step, but it was one I needed to take to pursue my dream career.
Leaving behind my family and hometown was difficult, but it allowed me to grow as a person and
expand my horizons.

Bulgaria surprised me with its rich history and diverse culture. One aspect I truly cherished was the
multicultural environment at the university, where I met people from all corners of the world. The
convenience of direct flights from my home city made the transition smoother, and affordable taxis
were a pleasant surprise. The availability of Indian restaurants and vegetarian-friendly options
brought a taste of home to Sofia. The city’s numerous shopping malls and book cafés became some
of my favorite spots.

Giving Back Through Volunteering:

Throughout my medical journey, I had a strong desire to engage in volunteer work within the medical
field. I joined Medipath International, a remarkable non-profit organization dedicated to supporting
medical students in their educational and professional endeavours. Medipath International regularly
organizes symposiums, lectures, and workshops, all designed to enhance our practical skills and
expand our medical knowledge. These events bring together experts from various medical fields,
creating a platform where students can learn from the best and stay updated with the latest
developments in healthcare.

An Unforgettable Experience:

Through Medipath, I had the honour of participating in one of The Apprentice Doctor’s teaching
programs at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. During my time there, I had the privilege of
working alongside renowned maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Anton Scheepers. The experience was
unparalleled, providing me with insights into advanced medical practices and the opportunity to
collaborate with exceptional doctors and aspiring medical professionals. Sharing my experiences and
knowledge with future medical professionals was truly fulfilling.

This experience has left an indelible mark on my medical journey. It has broadened my horizons,
exposed me to cutting-edge medical techniques, and connected me to a network of passionate
medical professionals. The knowledge and inspiration gained from this opportunity have
undoubtedly propelled me forward in my pursuit of becoming a doctor.

In Conclusion: What I Want You to Know

As I look back on my journey from India to Germany and now to Sofia, I am grateful for the diverse
experiences that have shaped me as an individual and as a future healthcare provider. For aspiring
medical professionals, pursuing a medical career is no easy feat, and many students face hurdles to
gain admission to medical schools. I want to emphasize that the path to achieving your dreams is not
always straightforward. My journey involved unexpected twists and turns, but each experience has
contributed to my growth and determination. It has been an incredible journey, and I’m ready to
embrace the next chapter as a doctor.

My advice to you is simple: Never limit yourself. Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone is
necessary to achieve your dreams. In the words from my favorite quote by Paulo Coelho, “If you
want something, the whole universe conspires to achieve it.” So, don’t give up on your dreams. Seize
every opportunity that comes your way and go after your goals with unwavering determination. You
can have it all.

Thank you for joining me on my journey, and I hope my story inspires you to passionately pursue
your own dreams.

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