Yesterday at work I got approached by an Internist and he asked me if I could help him with a “project” later on. According to him “some little kids are coming to learn about the hospital”. The first thought through my mind was “Little kids? Maaaaaaan! I can talk to little kids for days”. But in reality I wasn’t excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids but for some reason I wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t say no because I didn’t think I could. So I said yes and hoped that my supervisor would say no since we were pretty busy. Before I finished asking her she said “Yes, I was the one who put you down as a volunteer”. Man, that wasn’t the answer I was looking for.
Couple of hours later the kids come through the door. I was expecting some little kids with leftovers from breakfast all over their mouth and apple juice stains on their shirts. Nah, instead I had to help guide some high school seniors through the hospital. I could easily tell that they were super excited to be here because of the way most of them were glued to their phones. Nothing surprises me anymore. It seems like kids nowadays don’t have any respect for anyone. Luckily for me the Internist I was helping doesn’t like being disrespected so he just asked them to put it away or they could step outside. He went ahead and did the tour part with the kids and came back to the meeting room with all of them. That’s when I found out that I was supposed to go in there and have a chat with them. Answer their questions and just give them some tips.
I walked in the room and surprisingly they were all quiet and were ready to listen. For those of you who don’t know me, I have zero problem talking to people. I love talking, if I could get pay to talk I would do it. So I just went in and did what I had to do. I asked the kids if they had any questions and to my surprise about five hands went up in the air. They asked questions ranging from parties in college to the path I took to get to graduate school. They just wanted to know more about what the future holds for them. The things they should prepare for and see how things work around the medical world. Obviously not all of them want to be in the medical field but I do hope that the little chat we had inspires them to continue their education past high school. I do believe that professionals and older students like myself can inspire at least one or two kids to hopefully get a degree and start a career. Also a big shout to whoever came up with the idea of a career awareness field trip. You da man!