She is a huge fan of Korean medical dramas and has always been fascinated by the field of medicine.
But it all became real for Miss Cheryl Chua, 18, when her mother was diagnosed with an inoperable benign brain tumour in 2010.
The Dunman High School double-science student, who is studying for her A levels, witnessed first-hand how her mother suffered from loss of hearing and random falls due to imbalance.
Her mother's plight strengthened Miss Chua's desire to work in health care and last month, she got to do just that.
Donning scrubs and gloves, the aspiring doctor lived her dream under Parkway East Hospital's Medical High School programme.
The three-Saturday programme, which started on March 28, saw the hospital open its operating room doors to upper secondary and junior college students from Victoria School, Victoria Junior College and Dunman High School.
Tackling procedures like setting bones and delivering a baby, the students were given hands-on experience in various medical scenarios.
Miss Chua told The New Paper: "It was very fulfilling to see what goes on behind the scenes. Now I know I definitely want to be a doctor."
She admitted that years of watching medical dramas failed to prepare her for the real thing.
"I thought performing surgery would be quite simple, just like in the TV shows," she said.
"But it was a lot harder than I imagined."