Our aspirations at 5 are very different then at 15, threading through the fabric of our likes and dislikes. By the time we’ve crossed the lap marker into adulthood our profession rarely parallels that dream of working at McDonalds. More often than not we end up where we’re expected to be which sometimes isn’t where we want to be.
(WATCH: Dr. Shelly Dev as she combines the science of medicine and the creative passion of filmmaking.)
Dr. Shelly Dev found herself on the path to becoming a doctor, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her love of the arts. “When I got into medical school I didn’t know what I was doing and I felt very misplaced and I felt that I was more of a creative person than medicine allowed,” says Dev.
Since her days at Havergal she has been pulled between her love of art and her proficiency in science, two extremes that she has since blended together. “I started to realize that there were a lot of things that we were teaching trainees to do as procedures where they needed to have more media or more three dimensional instruction,” says Dev. It wasn’t until a mentor suggested she use her filmmaking expertise to help teach medical trainees that she was able to stitch her two halves together. “The fact that I can have this other side of me exist, in medicine, is so gratifying,” says Dev.
Dev attributes much of her self-confidence and initiative to Havergal College and the teachers who encouraged her to be adventurous and try different things. “If you had any type of talent or any type of skill, you would have somebody there to support you through it,” says Dev.
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