Doktora ng Masa: Bersola's dream

Doktora ng Masa: Bersola's dream
I’m planning to lean to orthopedic and sports medicine so I could help other athletes as well -- Kathy Bersola

An eventful experience could sometimes influence one’s path in life.

Take for example former University of the Philippines volleybelle Kathy Bersola.

Most people know her as a successful volleyball player, leading the Lady Maroons to the Final Four in UAAP Season 78 and a decent finish the following year in her swan song.

She achieved even greater success outside the court.

Bersola completed her Sports Science course and graduated summa cum laude.   

She excelled both on and off the court. A model of a successful student-athlete.

“Sipag lang at saka discipline. Lagi akong nakikinig sa class, never akong um-absent,” she shared.

But Bersola yearns for even greater heights.

This time she’s up to the challenge of med school – all while continuing her passion for volleyball as a member of Perlas Spikers in the Premier Volleyball League.

Bersola is now pursuing a childhood dream, to be a doctor.   

Her interest in the field of medicine was sparked by one incident that she vividly remembers.

“Noong una kasi wala pang doctor sa family namin and bata pa ako noon sabi sa akin ng mom ko if possible daw (ako ang first doctor),” said Bersola, whose parents are both engineers while most of her relatives are in the military.

“And then may one incident noong bata pa ako, ‘yung Lolo ko nasa bahay namin kasi nagda-dialysis siya then nanonood kami ng TV, nagpapahinga siya, biglang ‘yung sinasaksakan dito ng tube or something bumuka and sobrang naglabasan ang dugo,” she continued. “During that time hindi ako natakot, naisip ko lang I wish I could help him ‘yun lang ang naisip ko. I don’t want to feel helpless sa ganoong situation.”

From there her inclination to pursue medicine grew.

“And then over time sumasama ako sa mga outreach and medical missions ng parents ko sa Rotary tapos doon ko nakikita ang need talaga for good doctors,” the Season 76 Best Blocker said.

“Na-expose din ako sa world of science and I found it really interesting, lalo na ‘yung human body noong grade school ako,” she added.

Now admitted to UP College of Medicine, Bersola is a step closer to realizing her dream.

“Sobrang excited and masaya kasi I know I’m making my parents proud and I’m on to something that would not only benefit me and my family but other people as well so very exciting siya for me,” she said.

Being an athlete, Bersola said that she’s leaning towards a specialization that is somehow close to sports.

“I’m planning to lean to orthopedic and sports medicine so I could help other athletes as well,” she said.

One could just imagine if her interest in sports medicine was sparked by another personal experience – Bersola suffered an ACL tear midway in Season 77 that barred her from playing volleyball for months.    

Just like when she was accompanying her parents in their community service with the Rotary, Bersola hopes to help other people.

A doctor for the common people.  

“Yeah naisip ko rin mag-outreach kaya napili ko mag-medicine proper sa UPM kasi that’s where they build doctors for the masses, ‘yun ang focus nila,” she said.

 

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