Have you come across with this word?
Ok, this is the word that I would like to use when people asks me “How would you describe medical students?”
What is “Kiasu” after all?
It came from a Chinese word which literally means “Fear of Losing”
It is some kind of manifestation of people who loves to compete for the best. It can be either a good or a bad competition.
So, which wing are you now? Are you channeling your Kiasu attitude in a good way?
Decide it yourself
Ok, let us get back to the first part where we start – How would I describe medical students?
Most of the times, this description portrays all medical students, not to be excluded my own self.
So, this is pretty much of it
When we saw our colleagues reading books while we are resting (facebooking, chatting, or anything you may name it), we feel “insulted“. We stop doing all those things in an instant, grab our books and start reading
When we heard our friends discussing about something that we don’t really understand, we started to feel worry and in an instant we grab our books and start to search for answers
When someone who is literally better than us explains things, we start to argue, searching for mistakes he/she might mistakenly do.
When it comes to result, regardless finals or tests, that’s the best time when KIASU is well-reflected among medical students. When we score, we feel so liberated, like we have done our very best to achieve it. But when we didn’t get what we’ve expected for, we tend to compare ourselves to others who are much better than us (by hard).
Some students even love to be superior in everything that they do. They don’t give chances to other to express what they think and what they feel. Sometimes, it is quite irritating.
Study group. It is very much hated when we have a well-organised study group. Some, couldn’t even accept it. Some, even dare to ruin the group. It sounds weird, but believe me, its true.
So, I don’t post this for nothing and I don’t post this to judge people. It’s a reminder for me and for the rest of medical students out there – it is good to have “Kiasu“, but make sure you channel it in a good way. Be competitive doesn’t mean you have to ruin others, be wise, be matured in deciding what is good and what is bad. We are future doctors after all, we don’t want us to end up killing our patients just because quarreling over drugs and treatments.