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coded personal perceptions and goals. So while the Family Doctor valued his family background
and counted it as the most influential influence in his academic success, his own personal
perceptions and goals also played a significant role in his higher education success, revealing a
strong internal locus of control.
While the Family Doctor wanted his path to becoming a doctor filled with a few more
detours, his parents made sure that he maintained his focus, realizing the dream that they had for
their oldest son. "I knew what I wanted. I knew the end result would be me a physician, but I
wanted to try other things as a young guy, or kid growing up, I wanted to do different things. I
was not able to do as many things as I would want to do in life." But the Family Doctor's move
away from his parents' home allowed him to experience more of life. "I believe that I began to
have fun in medical school, because I was by myself, and I could make my own decisions at this
time." The Family Doctor's ability to make his own decisions while accomplishing his goals
coincided with his move away from the influence of his parents during medical school. It seems
that the Family Doctor's liberation allowed him to distance himself from his parents' influence
or family background, which could be a reason why the influence personal perceptions and goals
seems to have a more singular influence on his educational path than other concepts.
I'm Kind of Trying to Go Away from My Culture
The move from his family's household to medical school marked a change for the Family
Doctor. For the first time in his life, he was physically away from the influence of his family and
its culture. For the first time in his life, he could do what he wanted to do without interference.
"Coming to med school, kind of changed everything." The Family Doctor began to socialize
with classmates and participate in extracurricular activities. Although he had his own hopes,
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