My life before I chose to study medicine in Italy
Originally, I am from Israel. In Israel, after high school, we are required to serve three years in the army. Sometimes, in certain extreme cases, it’s possible to be exempt from this obligation. Since I come from a low socioeconomic background, I was discharged from the military. I spent the next three years working 12-16 hours a day, cooking, cleaning, and probably washing more dishes than there are cells in the human body, and frankly, I don’t regret any of it. I did all of this with one thing floating in my mind: becoming a medical student. At this point, I didn’t yet know that I would choose Italy.
After about a year and a half of work, I started researching medical schools abroad. Realizing that admission requirements in my country are unrealistic, and figuring that I would likely end up selling both my kidneys along the way, I changed track and searched for alternatives in Europe.
Why are you passionate about what you do?
“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to help people.” – This is what you are expecting to hear, right?
So yes, this is how I feel. But let׳s be realistic, I am also extremely competitive and always want to be the first in everything, usually sacrificing something along the way.
Some people say it’s not healthy, but I never listen to them; these people are usually left behind (in Ari’s opinion -Shalev).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Well, a doctor, with a large audience on different platforms, with enough resources to help my family, and continue promoting accessible education.
How would you define success?
Achieving your goals without taking any shortcuts while having a positive impact on the world.
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
I wake up very early and start to create a mental plan for the day, which continues during my morning workout.
What are you most grateful for in your life?
I’m grateful to have parents who work day and night to support me while studying abroad. I couldn’t be any luckier.
How would your friends describe you?
“This dude is nuts.”
Is money important to you?
Money is definitely important to me. If I had enough of it, I would be able to see my parents not working so hard. Personally, I don׳t want to be rich, I just want to be surrounded by people I love while staying happy and healthy.
What do you do to de-stress?
Meditation, working out, listening to music, reading, and listening to podcasts.
What is the quality you admire in others?
I admire hard-working, dedicated people.
What is your greatest achievement?
Helping 3,000 people taking the medical entrance exam for free.
What was the best phase of your life?
Definitely this one.
Who has influenced you the most?
My father is the most intelligent person I have ever met.
What qualities do you think are important in a family?
I hope you had fun,
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